The National Competition Council has released a report titled Questions for Rail Capcity Experts re BHP & FMG which examines the issue of rail access in the Pilbara. Respondents have until March 10 to make further submissions.
Toll Holdings is prepared to increase its hostile takeover bid for Patrick Corp to at least $5 billion, if it can find a way of securing competition approval without losing the best parts of the combined business.
VICTORIAN Transport Minister Peter Batchelor has assured commuters that "teething issues" are to blame for multiple delays to Bendigo train services, and passengers should not lose faith in the returned railway system
WA Premier Alan Carpenter has warned striking workers on the southern suburbs rail project to go back to work or else face "cataclysmic" consequences.
Despite a reduction in the number and speed of services, train usage has increased by almost 100,000 passengers a week during the first four months of the new timetable, the NSW Government has announced.
Construction on a modern railway network linking Sunshine Coast towns could begin tomorrow ¡V and it wouldn¡¦t have to cost taxpayers a cent.
It'S a rare issue that can unite transport bureaucrats and public transport advocates, but a call for free travel on Melbourne's rail, tram and bus systems has done it. The idea is not new - Robert Maclellan, a minister in the Hamer and Kennett governments, has twice floated the idea - but it has been raised again by a Monash University academic, Frank Fisher. Associate Professor Fisher argues that making public transport free would be the best way of encouraging more people to use it, and therefore of reducing congestion on Melbourne's increasingly car-clogged roads, too.
The statistics of Melbourne's road congestion are staggering. The length of congested roads is set to grow from 640 kilometres to 1330 kilometres by 2011; the cost of congestion is $4 billion a year; cars contribute about 16 per cent of net greenhouse gases.
The idea of free trains, trams and buses is not as fanciful as it seems, writes Joshua Gans.
The Queensland State Government’s proposed $1 billion rail line linking Beerwah to central Maroochydore will not fix the problem of Sunshine Coast residents trying to access efficient, convenient public transport.
A group of Coolongup businesses will be paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by the Western Australian Government for losses caused by roadworks for the Perth to Mandurah railway.
Rail workers will undergo medical examinations after asbestos was disturbed during building work at Eastwood station, a day after revelations that thousands of emergency service workers might have been exposed to the deadly dust at an army barracks.
A new $32 million freight rail terminal and rail link at Fremantle Port's North Quay has been officially opened today.
The Barrington Bullet has steamed up to be the most popular ride for this year's Steamfest based on preliminary ticket sales.
Mayor of Parkes Shire Cr Robert Wilson (OAM) has described Tuesday's council decision to grant conditional approval for the development of the first stage of the multi-million dollar SCT Logistics rail freight centre as one of the most significant in Parkes' history.
Wollongong's northern suburbs residents are being invited to celebrate 150 years of rail in Australia with the arrival of All Aboard, a travelling display from the National Museum in Canberra.
Shares in Patrick Corp and Toll Holdings jumped at the open today after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) withdrew its opposition to Toll's takeover bid for the stevedore business.
There were 120 sightings for this week, which are five sightings more than last week. Making a total of 1233 sightings for this year to date. On day 70 last year we had seen 1024 sightings. On the B/G we saw 22 sightings, which were six more than last week. 9140 was seen on four days, it was missing on Monday. We saw 18 grain trains which was five more than last week.
The NSW Government is facing its second asbestos scandal in a week, after the discovery of the killer fibre shut down one of Sydney's busiest railway stations and raised fears that many staff across the network may have been exposed.
The long-running, bitter battle between Toll Holdings and Patrick Corporation has entered a delicate phase as everyone waits for Toll to put its revised bid on the table, and to see whether Patrick's Chris Corrigan has another nasty rabbit up his sleeve.
After a recent stream of bad news, punctuated by delays, cost over-runs and strike action, the southern suburbs railway project received a shot in the arm today with a new track-laying machine commencing work.
Mining giant BHP Billiton yesterday escalated its war of words with the National Competition Council over third-party access to its iron ore rail infrastructure, accusing the council of "a continuing lack of procedural integrity".
THE apathy of his fellow commuters spurred self-appointed watchdog Phil Moore into action.
One hot afternoon last February, Mr Moore was waiting at Flinders Street for his train home to Ripponlea.
It had been a long summer of late and cancelled trains, with train operator Connex recording its worst month on the Sandringham line. Close to 6 per cent of trains were cancelled.
Attention all you grumbling malcontents who pour out endless bitter tirades on the perceived lamentable state of Sydney's trains and buses. Here is a message: by world standards you are spoiled rotten.
Toll Holdings has hit back at Patrick's threat to dismember the Pacific National rail joint venture, describing it as an act of desperation by Patrick in its serial attempts to avoid being acquired by Toll.
There were 117 sightings for this week which included a public holiday, which were three sightings less than last week. Making a total of 1350 sightings for this year to date. On day 77 last year we had seen 1038 sightings (1 weeks sightings missing March 2005).
Rail services in North Queensland have ceased as a result of damage caused by Cyclone Larry.
Federal and state transport ministers are likely to reject proposed increases in trucking charges, drawing accusations that they favour heavy < trucks over more efficient rail freight.
The future of container rail freight in Tasmania is in limbo after rail operator Pacific National yesterday deferred a decision on whether to accept a $118million government rescue package to keep the business going.
It looks as if BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto are prepared to be amenable to other iron ore players in the Pilbara after all -- provided, of course, that their name is not Andrew Forrest.
The rail industry wants decisions on truck registration costs to be taken away from transport ministers, after they rejected a plan to increase charges on large vehicles.
22 March 2006
Infrastructure and industrial services company United Group Limited (ASX: UGL) today announced that its leading rail business United Group Rail has been awarded over $125 million of new rolling stock contracts.
From: Reuters From correspondents in Bangkok
March 22, 2006
SIX people – a Malaysian woman and five Thai men – were killed today when a truck crashed through the gates of a level crossing and derailed a train in Thailand.
The union representing railway workers is calling on the New South Wales Government to intervene in the management of the asbestos problem at Sydney's train stations, saying it has no confidence in RailCorp.
Allan Lownsborough's labour of love, the sensational South Australian Adelaide and Hills route is now released and available for download from steam4me.
A download link has been added to the railpage download section which is a link to the file on steam4me.
Please note you must have the latest Xtracks (3.16 or higher) and Newroads 3.2 for this route to run properly.
Enjoy this magnificent work from Allan.
Toll Holdings hopes to have swayed some of Patrick's more intransigent shareholders to accept its $5.5 billion bid for the stevedoring company after managing director Paul Little concluded a two-day roadshow in Sydney on Thursday.
The people of Wodonga will not know, and most will not care, that when the railway line is removed from the centre of the city, the railway station which has been an historical part of Wodonga’s past for 132 years will also be removed, according to the Wodonga Historical Society.
Patrick Corp lost another regulatory skirmish in its long-running battle with Toll Holdings last night when the Takeovers Panel denied the stevedoring company's application to delay Toll's $5.5 billion bid.
Ross Taylor's passion for collecting will throw some light on one aspect of railway history during the 21st annual Hunter Valley Steamfest next month.
THE cost of the Regional Fast Rail project continues to climb, with the latest contract variations revealing a further $3 million in unplanned bills.
Under cover of the Commonwealth Games, more than $1.2 million extra for the Ballarat line and almost $790,000 for the Geelong line have been posted on the contractors' websites.
Siemens Transportation Systems
29 March 2006
Siemens in Australia was today awarded a A$159 million contract by Queensland Rail (QR) to supply 20 new Class 3800 AC Electric Locomotives and spare parts.
The owners of the Barossa wine tourism train are in negotiations with an engineering company to buy two of the three historic rail carriages.
SCT Logistics is calling on the rail industry to "lob hand grenades" and increase its visibility in the public eye.