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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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