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Minister 'red hot' angry about Qld Rail dinner row

Posted Monday, 1 September, 2008 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Transport Minister John Mickel will confront Queensland Rail (QR) bosses this afternoon and tell them their corporate hospitality 'culture' must change.

QR head Lance Hockridge says he takes responsibility for a $30,000 corporate dinner organised for freight customers in inner Brisbane during the city's Riverfire event at the weekend.

Barnett unveils policies on mental health, rail

Posted Monday, 1 September, 2008 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

The State Opposition leader, Colin Barnett, has started the last week of the election campaigning on mental health.

Mr Barnett has promised to appoint Western Australia's first minister for mental health and an independent mental health and wellbeing commissioner.

Business lobby upset by rail failure

Posted Monday, 1 September, 2008 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

Tasmania's business lobby says it is flabbergasted at the lack of information from the State Government about Pacific National.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry says the problems with the rail network are affecting business confidence and investment decisions.

Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky attacked on rail links

Posted Tuesday, 2 September, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

AIRPORT rail link bosses in Sydney and Brisbane have hit out at Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky over her claims their companies are a drain on the taxpayer.

Announcing the new Skybus contract last week, Ms Kosky said the two airport rail links were unprofitable and a burden on taxpayers.

"Both Brisbane and Sydney have put in rail routes through to the airport; both are running at a loss," Ms Kosky said.

Death Rattle on Melb's Tram Tracks

Posted Wednesday, 3 September, 2008 by dalts 1985 in Tram and Light Rail News

MELBOURNE'S historic W-class trams could be off the rails after claims the ageing rattlers are in disgraceful condition.

Concerns about rotting wood & peeling paint have prompted the RTBU to demand the State Govn't save the antiques or see them taken out of service.

Investigators remain at derailment site

Posted Wednesday, 3 September, 2008 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

Rail investigators remain at the site of a goods train derailment in South Australia's far west.

Twelve wagons left the rails near Mount Christie, between Tarcoola and Cook, damaging about 300 metres of track.

Site Assessment at Mount Christie Derailment a Extensive Recovery & Repair Reqd

Posted Friday, 5 September, 2008 by freightgate in South Australian Rail News

Following further assessment of the train derailment near Mount Christie South Australia, ARTC h as found the damage to the rail and the logistics involved in recovering the fallen wagons quite serious.

As of 2100 hours this evening, it is estimated that the line will be open to rail traffic on the afternoon of Saturday the 6th of September.

A number of factors have led to the weekend operational estimate. Once the Australian Transport Safety Bureau handed the site over to the ARTC assessment team, it was discovered that the west end points had been severely damaged and in need of replacement.

Train Derailed at Mount Christie SA

Posted Friday, 5 September, 2008 by freightgate in South Australian Rail News

At approximately 9:30pm Monday night a train from Melbourne bound for Western Australia derailed on the East West rail line near Mount Christie, between Tarcoola and Cook in South Australia.

The intermodal train carrying goods to Perth was proceeding into a passing loop in order to cross with a train travelling in the opposite direction.

Approximately 20m before the loop, 12 of the train’s wagons derailed, falling onto their sides and blocking the line.

The oncoming train was immediately halted.

Melbourne trains pulled out of service because they are riddled with rust

Posted Friday, 5 September, 2008 by Poath Junction in Victorian Rail News

Melbourne's oldest running trains - some of which were bought back from a rural rail collector last year to relieve Melbourne's chronic commuter overcrowding - have been pulled out of service because they are riddled with rust.

The Government's silver Hitachi trains were withdrawn from the network on Sunday, after fears that serious corrosion in their floors was a potential danger to passengers.

Angry commuters torch trains in Buenos Aires

Posted Friday, 5 September, 2008 by luznug in International Rail News

Angry commuters have set fire to train carriages outside the Argentine capital Buenos Aires after morning rush hour delays.

The trouble began when a malfunctioning train came to a stop before the western station of Castelar.

Angry passengers got off the train and walked along the tracks to the station, where some of them destroyed ticket machines and vandalised shops.

Meanwhile, other passengers set fire to the front carriage of the train.

In a separate incident at three stations further west, rioters set fire to another six train carriages.

The Buenos Aires police chief says there is no way the incidents are entirely spontaneous and suggests the involvement of organised violent groups.
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Train services resume after derailment

Posted Friday, 5 September, 2008 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

A rail line in South Australia's far west damaged in a freight train derailment is set to open after repairs.

More than two kilometres of rail line was damaged in a freight train derailment earlier this week.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) said rail traffic, including passenger services, would resume about midnight (EST).

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 6/9/2008

Posted Monday, 8 September, 2008 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were only 84 sightings for this week, which is 12 sightings less than last week, making a total of 3544* sightings for this year to date. On day 250 last year we had seen 3763 sightings. The big drop in this weeks sightings is due to 1MP9 SCT train being derailed in South Australia early in the week.
We have seen three sighting on the B/G this week. On Sunday we saw a down EMU transfer to Ballarat workshops with T378(VR) and 7M+1994T+225M+89M+1946T+99M. And we also saw two light loco movements on Friday with T369(CF) on the down and T377(CF) returning on the up, it was probably a loco change on the B/G ballast train?

ICAC recommends charges over RailCorp

Posted Monday, 8 September, 2008 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The NSW corruption watchdog has recommended consideration of criminal charges against another 10 people over bribery and fraud at RailCorp involving millions of dollars.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Monday handed down its third and fourth reports from its lengthy inquiry into bribery and fraud within the state-owned corporation.

Track upgrade to affect rail timetables

Posted Monday, 8 September, 2008 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Rail commuters are being warned of some major changes to timetables over the next two weeks due to track work on the Newcastle-Sydney line.

RailCorp is upgrading six kilometres of track between Wyong and Gosford from today until September 19.

Connex scraps rusty trains

Posted Monday, 8 September, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The train operator Connex has taken old Hitachi trains out of service because of rust problems, but denies it will put an additional squeeze on services.

The Hitachi trains were scrapped in 2002 but the government bought back seven of them last year to deal with a shortage in rolling stock.

Roads to hell paved with debt

Posted Monday, 8 September, 2008 by bevans in Other Transport News

There will come a time in the not-too-distant future when ordinary people will look back on this era, shake their heads in wonder and ask: how on earth did anyone ever think toll roads were sexy?

From the tulip bubble in Holland in the 1630s through to the dotcom boom of the late 1990s, otherwise rational minds have discarded logic and joined the frenzied mob in whatever investment fad promises fabulous wealth.

Unclogging Melbourne's rail network

Posted Tuesday, 9 September, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Clifton Hill rail bridge project to unclog a major bottleneck on Melbourne’s rail network is progressing well, Victorian Premier John Brumby has said.

Mr Brumby said the $52 million project saw the first 22 holes bored to support the second bridge over the Merri Creek between Clifton Hill and Westgarth stations.

When completed, the bridge is expected to provide additional track capacity and improve reliability on the Epping and Hurstbridge lines.

Adelaide's freight rail network comes under scrutiny

Posted Tuesday, 9 September, 2008 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

The Federal Government is set to start a study on the rail freight movements across the Adelaide region, in a move to create a better functioning rail network.

Federal Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese said: “We’ve set aside $3 million to undertake and complete the study into how Adelaide’s freight rail network can be made to work better, including assessing the feasibility of relocating the city’s main freight rail line north of the Adelaide Hills.

Service changes due to fire at Myer - Tuesday 9 September

Posted Tuesday, 9 September, 2008 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

Due to a fire at Myer's Bourke Street Melbourne store the following tram service changes are in place:

Swanston Street Services:

Routes 3, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 and 72 travelling towards the city from St Kilda are terminating at Flinders Street. Services travelling from Melbourne University are diverting via La Trobe Street and William Street.

Routes 1 and 8 are diverting via La Trobe Street, Spencer Street and Kings Way.

Deadly railway level crossings left off list

Posted Wednesday, 10 September, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

SOME of the state's deadliest level crossings are not included in a list of 45 locations the Brumby Government has approved for upgrades.

The Government set aside $23 million in its May Budget for public transport safety and regulation, which included the upgrade of 45 railway crossings.

Greens MP Colleen Hartland asked Industry and Trade Minister Theo Theophanous (for the Public Transport Minister) for the location of the upgrades.

GrainCorp urged to invest in rail line

Posted Friday, 12 September, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A local government leader says grain handler GrainCorp must be prepared to invest to get a Mallee railway line upgraded.

The Yarriambiack Shire is hoping the Hopetoun rail line can be upgraded so mineral sands from the Mallee can be carried by rail to south-west Victoria.

Channel Tunnel Set to Remain Closed After Fire Stops Rail Link

Posted Friday, 12 September, 2008 by bevans in International Rail News

Sept. 12 (Bloomberg) -- The Channel Tunnel rail link between Britain and France is set to remain closed today, prolonging travel disruption for more than 20,000 people after a fire in the connection yesterday.

``We have to inspect the south tunnel,'' which was not affected by the fire, Mady Chabrier, a spokeswoman for tunnel operator Groupe Eurotunnel SA, said in a telephone interview late yesterday. She said the company would need to get clearance from public authorities before opening any of the double-bore undersea structure.

Eurostar, the operator of trans-channel passenger trains, said it doesn't expect to run any services today. ``We don't have a definitive answer on when services will resume,'' spokesman Gareth Headon said in a telephone interview.

Hope for mineral sands plan to boost south-west jobs

Posted Friday, 12 September, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Plans by mining company Iluka to transport mineral sands from the Mallee to south-west Victoria could generate jobs in the region.

The Yarriambiack Shire says Iluka is considering using the Hopetoun rail line to transport material mined at Ouyen to its separation plant at Hamilton.

Up to 15 dead in L.A train Collision

Posted Sunday, 14 September, 2008 by hurstville1 in International Rail News

UP to 15 people have been killed in a train collision in Los Angeles, the city's mayor said today.

At least 12 dead in LA train smash

Posted Sunday, 14 September, 2008 by janesmith1 in International Rail News

Emergency crews worked desperately through the night and into Saturday, ripping into a mangled train car to search for an unknown number of people trapped in a horrific train wreck in Los Angeles.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 13/9/2008

Posted Sunday, 14 September, 2008 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were only 93 sightings for this week, which is nine sightings more than last week, making a total of 3637* sightings for this year to date. On day 257 last year we had seen 3856 sightings.
We have seen no sighting on the B/G this week.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 13/9/2008

Posted Sunday, 14 September, 2008 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were only 93 sightings for this week, which is nine sightings more than last week, making a total of 3637* sightings for this year to date. On day 257 last year we had seen 3856 sightings.
We have seen no sighting on the B/G this week.

Channel Tunnel shut after blaze

Posted Sunday, 14 September, 2008 by bevans in International Rail News

The Channel Tunnel has been closed after a fire broke out on a freight train about seven miles from Calais.

Thirty-two people on board were led to safety, 14 of whom had suffered minor injuries, including smoke inhalation.

The blaze broke out on a lorry on board the shuttle train at about 1400 GMT, about 11km (7 miles) from the French entrance, the operator Eurotunnel said.

Passenger rail service investigated

Posted Tuesday, 16 September, 2008 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

A state parliamentary committee will investigate the viability of reinstating a rail passenger service between Mount Gambier and Adelaide.

Civic, tourism and political leaders yesterday welcomed the inquiry, which will canvass the possibility of introducing rail passenger services to several regional centres.

It is understood a viable passenger service will hinge on the future of the $1.5 billion Penola Pulp Mill, which has signed an agreement with the State Government to reopen the abandoned South East network for freight.

The government has earmarked more than $10m to standardise the ageing South East network.

Member for Mount Gambier and Cabinet Minister Rory McEwen told The Border Watch yesterday the return of passenger rail services was “certainly possible” if the Penola Pulp Mill used rail for freight.

Penola rail pledge confirmed

Posted Tuesday, 16 September, 2008 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

The State Government has repeated its commitment to standardise and upgrade the South East rail network to support the Penola Pulp Mill project.

A spokesman for Transport Minister Patrick Conlon gave the assurance yesterday after the Victorian Government announced a $15m upgrade of the Portland-Maroona line.

The announcement prompted a call by the Port of Portland to reopen the Mount Gambier to Heywood railway.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation said it would welcome reopening the Mount Gambier line, but said this was a matter for the SA and Victorian Governments.

Victoria's most dangerous level crossing to be removed

Posted Tuesday, 16 September, 2008 by Poath Junction in Victorian Rail News

VICTORIA'S most dangerous level crossing — which the State Government has left largely untouched since coming to power in 1999 — is set to be removed in a complex engineering project to be carried out just months before the 2010 state election. Engineers Parsons Brinckerhoff last week won a contract from VicRoads and Connex to work on a grade separation, a crossing that uses an underpass or overpass, to fix the notorious Nunawading intersection, just near the corner of Springvale and Whitehorse roads.

Victorian seniors win on train tickets

Posted Thursday, 18 September, 2008 by alstom_888m in Victorian Rail News

In a major embarrassment for Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky, her decision to force seniors to buy Metcards in packs of five has been reversed in her absence.

Six rail projects face axe as budget falters

Posted Thursday, 18 September, 2008 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

SIX rail projects worth a combined $14.4 billion are on the chopping block as senior bureaucrats and a new cabinet team frantically search for a new transport strategy in the face of a faltering NSW budget.

Treasury officials are sharpening their knives in preparation for the November mini-budget promised by the new Premier, Nathan Rees, which will be forced to balance a huge revenue shortfall against the state of rapidly decaying transport infrastructure.

Tram stops need safety barriers, says Opposition

Posted Friday, 19 September, 2008 by 409 in Tram and Light Rail News

SAFETY barriers must be built around Adelaide's tram stops as part of a statewide campaign to improve pedestrian safety, the Opposition says. Opposition road safety spokesman Stephen Wade is calling on the State Government to act on pedestrian safety following a 42 per cent increase in serious injury accidents this year.

Train fans fear LA crash will derail their hobby

Posted Friday, 19 September, 2008 by bevans in International Rail News

LOS ANGELES (AP) — They stand within feet of speeding locomotives, climb signal poles to photograph passing trains and try to befriend conductors and engineers.

Passionate train buffs call themselves railfans, but they are derisively known as "foamers" by critics who say the hobbyists foam at the mouth at the sight of a train while reveling in the minutiae of engine types, timetables and whistle sounds.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 20/9/2008

Posted Tuesday, 23 September, 2008 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 103 sightings for this week, which is nine sightings more than last week, making a total of 3741* sightings for this year to date. On day 264 last year we had seen 3952 sightings.

We have seen no sighting again on the B/G this week.

Restored SteamRanger collides with car

Posted Tuesday, 23 September, 2008 by crivens in South Australian Rail News

The tourist train, The SteamRanger, has collided with a car on its public launch after a two-year restoration.

BNSF Railway allocates millions to lay new rail in two states

Posted Tuesday, 23 September, 2008 by bevans in International Rail News

BNSF Railway Co. said it is laying 13 miles of new rail between Arkansas City, Kan. and Gainesville, Texas.

The capital improvement project is valued at $3 million and will require the work of 30 crew members to complete by November.

15 killed while stealing fuel from rail wagons

Posted Tuesday, 23 September, 2008 by bevans in International Rail News

Guwahati: Fifteen people died of asphyxiation and several others were taken ill in central Assam’s Karbi Anglong district on Friday night when they were trying to pilfer fuel from wagons after detaining a goods train.

The police have so far recovered eight bodies while local villagers put the figure between 15 and 20 and claimed that some bodies had been taken away by the miscreants before the police reached the spot. Police claimed that two of the deceased were identified to be cadres of the militant National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah).

[ABC NEWS] Train derailed near Esperance

Posted Tuesday, 23 September, 2008 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

An iron-ore train has derailed on its way to the Esperance Port this morning.

The iron ore was being transported from Portman Limited's Koolyanobbing mine near Southern Cross.

Flinders Street 'dangerously overcrowded'

Posted Tuesday, 23 September, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Hundreds of commuters crammed into Flinders Street Station yesterday, forcing trains to pull into packed platforms and leading to calls for more trains to cope with surging passenger numbers.

Upfield passenger Lachlan MacDowall said he feared someone would be seriously injured as people flooded into the station just before 5pm.

Magill Road tram proposal

Posted Tuesday, 23 September, 2008 by 409 in Tram and Light Rail News

A FARMER’S market, people living above shops, brick road paving and trams - not Melbourne’s Brunswick St but a vision for Magill Rd in a decade. Norwood, Payneham & St Peters Council has unveiled a bold plan to put Magill Rd on par with The Parade at Norwood, including:

Creating five precincts lifestyle, traditional, terminus, landscape and organic;

Extending the city tram line to Magill Rd and linking it to The Parade;

More standing room on trains

Posted Wednesday, 24 September, 2008 by 409 in South Australian Rail News

MORE than 700 seats will be removed from Adelaide trains over the next three years to increase standing room.

The State Government yesterday announced a $37 million refurbishment of 70 railcars in TransAdelaide's 3000 and 3100-class fleet. That includes replacing decks of three seats on one side of the carriage with decks of two seats. This reduces seating by between 10 and 12 per carriage. Transport Minister Patrick Conlon said the move would increase the capacity of each carriage by allowing more standing room.

Graffiti-resistant glass for Adelaide trains

Posted Wednesday, 24 September, 2008 by 409 in South Australian Rail News

Damaged windows on Adelaide trains are to be replaced with graffiti-resistant glass, in a program costing $700,000.

Trucking industry inquiry warned of 'safety crisis'

Posted Sunday, 28 September, 2008 by luznug in Other Transport News

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) has told a Government inquiry the industry has a safety crisis.

The inquiry is investigating a link between truck driver pay and road accidents.

C 503 in the dirt at Broken Hill

Posted Sunday, 28 September, 2008 by QR2 in New South Wales Rail News

While setting back on C503+Na1874 and crew van trailing bogie split the points.18/08/2008

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 27/9/2008

Posted Sunday, 28 September, 2008 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 103 sightings for this week, which is the same number of sightings as last week, making a total of 3844* sightings for this year to date. On day 271 last year we had seen 4051 sightings. We have seen no sighting again on the B/G this week.

Works Start On Major Project To Build Wodonga Bypass

Posted Sunday, 28 September, 2008 by bevans in Press Releases

Work will begin today on the Wodonga Rail Bypass, marking the start of an historic $501.3 million Rudd and Brumby Government project to revitalise Victoria’s north-east rail corridor by creating an interstate rail freight super-highway and delivering major passenger rail service improvements.
In Wodonga, Victorian Premier John Brumby and Commonwealth Infrastructure and Transport, Minister Anthony Albanese turned the first sod on the Wodonga Rail Bypass project, the first major works in the North-East Rail Revitalisation Project.

“We are taking action to ensure our regional communities are well-equipped to grow and thrive and the Wodonga Rail Bypass project will create new jobs and drive new investment in this already dynamic regional city,” Mr Brumby said.

ABB Grain and Genesee & Wyoming’s new rail agreement

Posted Sunday, 28 September, 2008 by vanessa in Press Releases

Australian premier agribusiness, ABB Grain, and rail-freight transportation operator, Genesee & Wyoming Australia, are close to signing a five-year broad gauge agreement to annually move up to 300,000 tonnes of Victorian grain.

The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding ahead of finalising the agreement which would start on November 1.

Ipswich line closed for maintenance

Posted Sunday, 28 September, 2008 by vanessa in Queensland Rail News

The Ipswich train line between Sherwood and Ipswich, west of Brisbane, is closed for maintenance this weekend.

BHP loses railway access appeal

Posted Sunday, 28 September, 2008 by vanessa in Western Australian Rail News

The High Court has dismissed an application by the mining giant BHP Billiton, to prevent rival Fortescue Metals from gaining access to its Goldsworthy and Mt Newman railway lines in Western Australia.

Fortescue Metals argued that it should be able to use the 312 kilometres of the Pilbara railway lines that were built by BHP, which run from a remote mine site to Port Hedland.

Upgrade for freight rail line to Port of Melbourne

Posted Sunday, 28 September, 2008 by vanessa in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian and Federal Governments are upgrading freight rail infrastructure at the Port of Melbourne.

The $50-million project will see the standardisation and duplication of rail lines between the Dynon terminals and the Port of Melbourne.

The upgrades will help move the increased freight volumes expected to come through the port when channel deepening is completed.

Man critical after fall from Strathpine rail overpass

Posted Sunday, 28 September, 2008 by vanessa in Queensland Rail News

A MAN is in a critical condition in hospital after he fell from a railway overpass at Strathpine, north of Brisbane, and hit his head.
It is believed the man was skylarking with a friend when the accident occurred.

Carriage shortage sees rail passengers left behind

Posted Sunday, 28 September, 2008 by vanessa in Victorian Rail News

V/Line is under fire for not putting enough carriages on the Gippsland line during busy periods.

After a half-an-hour delay, passengers on the Melbourne to Bairnsdale service last night were told the train had been over-booked.

Teen's leg severed in train fall (Sunday)

Posted Monday, 29 September, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A TEENAGER had a leg severed after falling between two rail carriages before the train pulled out of a suburban Melbourne station.
Ambulance Victoria said the boy, who was with a friend, fell from the area between two carriages as the train pulled out of Eltham station about 9.40pm (AEST) yesterday.

[SMH] Don't worry about debt, Sydney needs this metro

Posted Monday, 29 September, 2008 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Talk of abandoning major rail investment, such as the North West Metro, to fix a temporary drop in state revenue is foolhardy.

Sydney's number one challenge is transport - mainly public transport - and the city's transport system is out of equilibrium.

In the 10 years from 1997 to 2007, the Carr/Iemma governments completed five motorways - the Eastern Distributor, the M7, the M5 East, the Cross City Tunnel and the Lane Cove tunnel - a total of 62 new kilometres. This substantial investment in roads greatly exceeded any comparable prior period.

Buses to replace south coast rail services

Posted Monday, 29 September, 2008 by vanessa in New South Wales Rail News

Many trains services on New South Wales' south coast line will be replaced by buses from today because of track upgrades.

[ABC] Sydney needs North-West Metro: Sartor

Posted Monday, 29 September, 2008 by vanessa in New South Wales Rail News

Former New South Wales planning minister Frank Sartor says Sydney's North-West Metro should not be abandoned.

Mr Sartor has written an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald saying that talk of scrapping the metro is 'foolhardy' but it is being pushed by Treasury to fix a temporary drop in New South Wales' revenue.

NSW Transport Minister David Campbell has again said that the metro is being 're-considered' in the lead up to the November mini budget, but nothing has been ruled in or out.

[ABC] Qantas embarrassed by airport security breaches

Posted Monday, 29 September, 2008 by vanessa in Other Transport News

Qantas says it is embarrassed by two security breaches at its Brisbane Airport terminal in one week.

The top floor of the Brisbane domestic terminal was evacuated last night after a number of people walked through a Qantas screening area without being checked.

Passengers who had already boarded planes were forced to disembark and return to the security screening areas.

ALBANESE ADAMANT: TRUCKS MUST PAY THEIR WAY

Posted Monday, 29 September, 2008 by vanessa in Other Transport News

Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese has introduced into the parliament the new road charge bills, which will see operators of heavier vehicles pay higher fees.

Mr Albanese said he had attempted to introduce uniform heavy vehicle registration charges in March, but the move was blocked by the opposition.

“Without the changes contained in the legislation, the heaviest vehicles, namely those that do the most damage to our roads, will continue to be subsidised by the owners of small trucks and taxpayers,” he said.

Victoria flags new trucking and rail hubs

Posted Tuesday, 30 September, 2008 by vanessa in Victorian Rail News

The Brumby Government is looking at introducing trucking and intermodal rail hubs across Victoria as part of its new rail plan.

Minister for Roads and Ports Tim Pallas suggested the new hubs during a freight forum held in Melbourne, saying they may be be necessary for the Government's new rail plan to succeed.

Rail, road upgrades top councils’ wish list

Posted Tuesday, 30 September, 2008 by vanessa in Victorian Rail News

ELECTRIFIED train lines and road upgrades have topped a transport priorities list from six councils in the West.

The Western Region Councils group, made up of the Maribyrnong, Wyndham, Brimbank, Melton, Moonee Valley and Hobsons Bay City Councils, met with VicRoads and the Department of Transport earlier this month to earmark the transport needs of each municipality.

In a joint submission, the councils emphasised the need for more and better quality public transport.

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