Wakefields transport director Ken Wakefield put a range of options before the Victorian Government on Christmas Eve to try to solve the regions looming transport crisis.
Mr. Wakefield said the meeting was called after the owner of Patrick Portlink and PN Grain, Asciano, had told him their grain and freight rail services in the region would end from February 5
"Our meeting with the government, including Premier Brumby's chief of staff, was to make parliamentarians and senior bureaucrats more aware of the impact of the withdrawl," Mr. Wakefield said.
EXCLUSIVE: BIKES will be banned on all trains at peak hour from tomorrow, sparking an outcry from cyclists and public transport groups.
The new rule, hidden in a State Government document, has been posted on the Metlink website.
The Government has not announced the rule despite its publication in the Victorian Fares and Ticketing Manual.
A man has suffered serious injuries after crashing his car into a train bridge in Upper Ferntree Gully, east of Melbourne.
The crash happened just before 1:00PM AEDT damaging a bridge that forms part of the Puffing Billy Steam Train route.
VICTORIAN Premier John Brumby should scrap the state's proposed new public transport ticketing system rather than pay its developers more money, state Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu said today.
Mr Baillieu was commenting after the Herald Sun report today that US-based consortium Kamco, which won a $500 million contract to deliver the Myki train and tram ticketing system, wanted more government money to deliver the behind-schedule project.
He called on Mr Brumby to decide today on the project's future.
"The ticketing fiasco in Victoria continues and John Brumby now has to make up his mind; is he going to hold the winning tenderer to its contract or is he going to walk away? And John Brumby should be holding tenderers to their contracts," Mr Baillieu said in Melbourne..
THE NSW Government and Hunter Valley coal producers hope the former Liberal NSW premier Nick Greiner will be able to mediate between miners disagreeing about the best way to allocate capacity at the overstretched Newcastle Port.
The Minister for Ports and Waterways, Joe Tripodi, yesterday appointed Mr Greiner to develop a new system for accessing the port amid lengthy ship queues ahead of planned expansions.
Trains on the Broadmeadows line have been cancelled after a train collided with a van in Pascoe Vale in Melbourne's north.
A Victoria Police spokesman said a city-bound train struck the van, which was being towed across a level crossing by a car, when the tow ropes snapped and the van got stuck about 3.20pm.
NEW DELHI (AFP) — India decided to restore a train service to Pakistan two days after suspending it over security concerns in the wake of violence over Benazir Bhutto's killing, the railways ministry said.
"The situation has improved. So, the government has allowed the services to be resumed," said Anil Saxena, a spokesman for the railways ministry.
The "Samjhauta (friendship) Express" that runs between New Delhi and the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore will leave the Indian capital late Sunday for the border town of Attari from where it would cross the border.
A meeting will be held early this year to discuss a proposal that would involve the State and Federal governments working together to extend electrification of the rail line beyond Lithgow to Bathurst.
Bathurst Mayor Warren Stocks, Member for Bathurst Gerard Martin and Member for Macquarie Bob Debus have agreed to the new year meeting in the latest development in the campaign to extend the electric service.
PREMIER Mike Rann is vowing to keep extending Adelaide's tram system through the city and beyond, saying he is not prepared to preside over Adelaide's "gentle decline".
In a direct rebuff to opponents of the controversial extension, Mr Rann declared he would not be deterred by people who did not want change in Adelaide.
He said he planned for a city loop to initially be constructed in stages and further extensions would follow.
A DRAMATIC turnaround in the fortunes of the grain industry is forecast this year with hopes high for a record grain crop and a dramatic boost to the state economy.
It follows the devastation of two drought-ravaged grain crops in a row.
A repeat of the record 9.6 million tonnes grain crop of 2001 with current prices would be worth an unprecedented $3 billion-plus.
CRICKET'S turmoil has led top bookies to halt betting on the Australia-India Test series, as officials confirm beseiged umpire Steve Bucknor will stay on.
Bets are not being accepted by some agencies after the Indians' threat to pull out of the series after a controversial second Test in Sydney.
Melbourne bookie Simon Beasley told the Herald Sun he needed to know more before he could continue taking money.
"We've got it on hold at the moment until we know what's happening," Mr Beasley said.
ACTING Premier Rob Hulls has defended the controversial move to ban bikes on V-Line trains during peak periods.
"The decision that was made in relation to bikes on peak services is all about passenger comfort and ensuring that people can travel on trains in comfort during peak hours," Mr Hulls said.
"There has been no decision made about rescinding that decision.
Victoria's grain freight operator is defending its decision to move out of the business.
Pacific National's parent company, Asciano, says it is closing or selling its Victorian grain freight service and its Portlink rural container business.
The State Opposition and farmers are blaming decades of under-investment in rail.
Asciano managing director Marks Rowsthorn says the company can no longer contain its losses in the grain freight business Pacific National.
"Unfortunately for all those involved the crop has not eventuated, it's got progressively worse. We have to downsize this business. This current situation cannot be tolerated," he said.
The City of Fremantle has put in an extensive submission opposing a plan by Magellan Metals to transport lead through its port.
The public has been given until today to comment on the proposal after the Environmental Protection Authority gave approval, in-principle, for the company to go ahead.
Freight operators say the future of Victoria's freight management system will hinge on talks with the State Government later this week.
The operator of Victoria's rail freight network Pacific National says it will stop its services because of ongoing losses on February 5 and the business will be closed or sold.
A stop work meeting has been cancelled, meaning that Adelaide train services will operate normally from the Gawler depot tomorrow.
Drivers had planned a four-hour stop work meeting to discuss pay and conditions.
Changes to city tram routes will mean better services for people heading to Melbourne’s rapidly growing Docklands precinct, Minister for Public Transport, Lynne Kosky, announced today.
Ms Kosky said from mid next year, Bourke Street tram route 86 (Bundoora RMIT-Docklands) would be extended to the north-west of Docklands (Waterfront City), creating a direct transport link between Southern Cross Station and Docklands Drive.
he State Government has petitioned Pacific National to continue its Tasmanian rail freight operation.
The Government has released a statement about petitioning Pacific National to keep its Tasmanian operations, but Infrastructure Minister Jim Cox was not available for an interview.
GIANT freight company Pacific National pocketed $142 million in tax-payer funds eight months before announcing it would abandon Victoria's grain and container haulage business.
The Government paid Pacific National more than $133.8 million to buy out its lease of the rail network last year, after then premier Steve Bracks pledged before the election to take the rail lines back into government hands.
Police have brought more charges against the truck driver involved in last year's fatal train crash at Kerang, in Victoria's north-west.
Victoria's leading lobby group says insufficient public transport and clogged roads are setting back the state's economy.
The Victorian Employer's Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged the State Government to increase investment transport infrastructure.
BUS services through a western Sydney suburb have been suspended indefinitely after a driver narrowly escaped serious injury when a bottle was thrown at his vehicle.
Westbus driver Shane Fox was driving along Discovery Avenue at Willmot when his bus was targeted about 6.30am today. A bottle was thrown at the bus, shattering the windscreen.
OUTRAGED commuters have rejected a State Government push to get thousands of CBD office staff to change their working hours to ease the peak train crush.
Scores of Online readers have swamped the website to vent their fury over the proposal, revealed in today's Herald Sun.
Sir Edmund Hillary, the lanky New Zealand mountaineer and explorer who with Tenzing Norgay, his Sherpa guide, won worldwide acclaim in 1953 by becoming the first to scale the 29,035-foot summit of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest peak, has died, New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark announced Friday in Wellington.
He was 88.
In the annals of great heroic exploits, the conquest of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund and Mr. Torgay ranks with the first trek to the South Pole by Roald Amundsen in 1911 and the first nonstop trans-Atlantic flight by Charles A. Lindbergh in 1927.
PASSENGERS fed up with Melbourne's overcrowded trains are refusing to pay for tickets, sparking a rise in fare evasion that will cost more than $50 million this year.
And a boom in concession card fraud has also been identified in a secret government report.
Hundreds of thousands of passengers took 41 million free trips last year, using unmanned stations, buying discounted concession tickets they were not entitled to, or flooding through gates opened by staff to ease over-crowding at stations.
A Victorian Man who fell asleep on a South Australian Railway Line yesterday woke to find a train above him.
The Man 20, fell asleep between tracks at Port Augusta, forcing a train driver to pull the emergency brake about 3:40AM.
Police in the Chinese city of Shanghai have broken up a second day of protests against a planned extension to a high-speed train service.
Shanghai's police dragged and shoved dozens of protesters who had come to complain about a planned extension to the city's high-speed maglev train line.
YANGON, Jan 13 (Reuters) - A bomb exploded in the women's toilet at the main railway station in Yangon on Sunday, two days after a similar attack killed at least one person near military-ruled Myanmar's new capital, officials said.
They said one woman was wounded but declined to give further details of the blast in Yangon, the country's biggest city and scene of major biggest anti-junta demonstrations last year.
JEDDAH — In its continuous efforts to ease the transport of nearly three million faithful who come for Haj every year from different parts of the world, and the number ever increasing, Saudi Arabia planned a SR20 billion project to build five monorails linking the Holy City of Makkah with Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah in order to facilitate travel between the holy sites.
According to Dr Habeeb Zain Al Abidine, deputy minister of municipal and rural affairs, each monorail is estimated to cost SR4 billion. “It (the project) will solve many problems facing the transportation of pilgrims between the holy sites as a result of overcrowding,” he added. He said at present many pilgrims travelling in buses reach Arafat and Muzdalifah very late because of traffic congestion. “Monorails would reduce pressure on roads in the holy sites,” he said.
There are ongoing changes to V/Line’s Gippsland service arrangements, due to a faulty signal on the metropolitan rail system.
The timetables below are in place until further notice.
South Station, Boston’s largest train station and the main hub for commuters coming into Boston from suburbs south and west of Boston, would be shut down. There would be no service between Boston and Providence, R.I., because that line, which carries about 17,000 riders a day, is dispatched by Amtrak employees. The MBTA says any contingency plan could accommodate only about 25 percent of the 47,000 passengers a day who use South Station.
A MAN has lost both legs in a horrific train accident in the Hills.
The man is believed to have been walking over the crossing at Jeffrey St, Nairne, about 5.15pm yesterday when he was hit by the 1.2km, 14 tonne train.
China Railway Construction, which built the rail link to Tibet, plans to list shares on the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock markets, state media have said.
The firm will issue 2.8 billion shares in Shanghai and at least 1.8 billion in Hong Kong, according to China's official Xinhua news agency.
There were 106 sightings for this week which is three sightings more than last week, making a total of 235* sightings for this year to date. On day 19 last year we had seen 278 sightings.
On the B/G we have seen a total of two El Zorro grain trains for the week. Both trains were seen in the early hours of Saturday morning, when S302(V/L)+S311(CF)+T376(SSR)+T413(VR)+T357(VR)
Gippsland trains will return to full operation from next Tuesday 29 January, with V/Line trains operating to and from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station.
V/Line trains have been unable to operate on the metropolitan Pakenham train line since 21 December, following the discovery of a problem with the type of signals used in that section of the line.
This morning, 21/1/2008, due to some VLocity services not activating level crossing protection, all VLocity cars have been replaced by Sprinters on the Bendigo line until further notice.
Train services in two sections of Eastern Railway were affected on Monday as irate supporters of Sourav Ganguly put up a blockade at Barasat in North 24 Parganas protesting against the left-hander's exclusion from the ODI squad for the upcoming triangular tournament in Australia.
ASPIRING iron ore heavyweight, Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest's Fortescue Metals, has finally submitted an application to the National Competition Council seeking access to Rio Tinto's Robe River rail network.
Trucking magnate Lindsay Fox has called the imminent dredging of Victoria's Port Phillip Bay "stupid".
Mr Fox said the plan to deepen the bay's shipping channel to allow bigger loads into the Port of Melbourne was only a short-term solution.
From correspondents in Beijing
January 25, 2008 02:54pm
Article from: Reuters
A HIGH-speed train ran through a group of maintenance workers in China, killing 18 and injuring nine, the Railway Ministry said today.
By Joris Fioriti in Neufchateau
January 25, 2008 09:32pm
Article from: Agence France-Presse
A FREIGHT train killed three French gendarmes who were rescuing a man they had just been chasing in a car.
MORE than half a million passengers could be left stranded at a railway station in south China today ahead of the biggest holiday of the year after snow cut power to more than 136 trains.
Tax benefits on company cars is encouraging environmentally-damaging car use, an environmental group says.
Treasury tax expenditure figures have projected that by 2009-10 more than $2 billion per year will be spent subsidising the use of company cars.
This is nearly twice as much as was previously predicted, the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) said.
There were 108 sightings for this week which is two sightings more than last week, making a total of 343* sightings for this year to date. On day 26 last year we had seen 383 sightings.
On the B/G we have seen a total of two El Zorro grain trains for the week.
PLANS for a rail line to the State Government's new flagship "sustainable" community in Melbourne's north were shelved despite a predicted cost for the project of less than $100 million — under a third the price cited by transport chiefs.