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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.