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City's population explosion threatens urban devastation

Posted Thursday, 5 November, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Melbourne is set to have 7 million people by 2049, and a plan is needed.

IN 1949, Australia's population was 8 million, and Melbourne's about 1.25 million. Treasury secretary Ken Henry is now predicting populations in 2049 of 35 million and 7 million, respectively.

We have struggled to manage our transport systems, water supplies, pollution and urban expansion during moderate growth since the 1940s. How will we manage a growth explosion that Henry says will demand ''the largest structural adjustment in Australian history''?

Fatally stabbed teenager started the fight: court

Posted Thursday, 5 November, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Minutes before he was stabbed to death, a teenage boy stalked his attacker through a Sydney train and threw the first punch in the fatal brawl, a court has been told.

Andrew Motuliki, 17, of Marrickville, died after being stabbed in the chest during a fight between two groups of teenagers on a train at Campsie railway station on December 21 last year.

A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with murdering Motuliki.

Business angry over rail disruptions

Posted Friday, 6 November, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail is under fire over the number of regular faults and delays on the city network.

There were 60 services affected this morning because of a major fault on the Ferny Grove line between Bowen Hills and Mitchelton.

There was another fault between Central Station and Roma Street.

QR sorry for rail disruption

Posted Friday, 6 November, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail has apologised for the recent spate of track faults and delays on the city rail network.

Yesterday the rail network operated at just 66 per cent of on-time performance.

Sunshine Express rail tour to Yandina.

Posted Saturday, 7 November, 2009 by llandewi in Queensland Rail News

The ARHS ran a tour to Yandina in the Sunshine Coast hinterland using BB18 1/4 4-6-2 1089. It passed Caboolture on time at 10.17am.

BHP rail line workers return

Posted Saturday, 7 November, 2009 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

Most of the workers building BHP Billiton's new rail line in Port Hedland have returned to work this morning after the company stopped work for safety reasons.

Commuters at risk as network upgrades plagued by delays

Posted Monday, 9 November, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

URGENT upgrades to the public transport network are running alarmingly late, putting commuters at risk and fuelling doubts about the Brumby Government's ability to deliver major projects under the $38 billion Victorian Transport Plan.

Project delivery has fallen to its lowest level this decade - at a time when demands on the public transport network have never been greater, the Transport Department's annual report shows.

Peak-hour delays after passenger falls ill

Posted Monday, 9 November, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Commuters on a city-bound Belgrave-Lilydale train experienced minor delays during peak hour this morning after a passenger became sick.

Connex spokesman Lanie Harris said the train was stopped near Blackburn station for about 20 minutes.

Baillieu pledges police at every station

Posted Monday, 9 November, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

MORE than 900 armed security guards would patrol every train station in Melbourne and Victoria's main regional cities from 6pm to the last train under a Coalition state government.

The police transit safety squad would also be expanded by 100, bringing to 350 the number of officers patrolling the train, tram and bus networks.

The Liberals' $200 million public transport safety pledge is designed to give the party a much-needed momentum boost in the lead-up to next November's state election.

Still smarting (Myki)

Posted Tuesday, 10 November, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The public transport smartcard, myki, is proving a political headache for the State Government. Clay Lucas reports on the much-maligned ticket system.

MYKI. It is meant to be short for "my key". But for Kate Leckey from Creswick, near Ballarat, the $1.35 billion smartcard isn't so much a key to getting around her town as a colossal waste of money. Since mid-year, myki has been operating on buses around Ballarat in what Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky describes as a smooth roll-out. Soon, Kosky won't say precisely when, myki will come to Melbourne.

Tram boss seeks green light for time-saving plan

Posted Tuesday, 10 November, 2009 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

MELBOURNE'S new tram operator KDR is pushing for its fleet to be given greater priority than cars at city traffic lights and for suburban clearways to be extended.

Outrage at tram inspectors

Posted Tuesday, 10 November, 2009 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

A ''COMMONSENSE'' approach should have been taken by inspectors to a tram passenger fined $172 after his valid ticket failed to work, Premier John Brumby and Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky have said.

Commuter Muru Gappan said yesterday he would fight in court the $172 fine he received after his multi-trip ticket failed aboard a Glen Huntly tram despite repeated attempts to validate it.

National Rail Regulator Should Not Be in Adelaide

Posted Tuesday, 10 November, 2009 by Stew in Press Releases

An Australian Transport Council decision to replace state based rail watchdogs with a single national regulator in Adelaide would jeopardise safety and put lives at risk the Rail, Tram and Bus Union warned today.

Connex cancels trains, but says heat not to blame

Posted Tuesday, 10 November, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

IT'S going to be another long hot summer for train commuters it seems, with Connex already cancelling 34 services so far today, many due to the heat.

Cancellations started becoming more frequent this afternoon after temperatures hit 33 degrees at noon.

It has since climbed to 34.5 degrees — the temperature at which Connex earlier this year told the Brumby Government the city's train fleet would start to fail.

Electric rail plan moving ahead

Posted Tuesday, 10 November, 2009 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

Expressions of interest are about to be called from companies wanting the contract to electrify Adelaide's rail network.

A $1.4 billion electric rail service is expected to be in operation by 2013, with work on the Seaford and Gawler lines due to start in 2011.

Ryan promises train safety boost

Posted Tuesday, 10 November, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

he Victorian Opposition has promised security officers for the Bendigo, Eaglehawk and Kangaroo Flat train stations, if it wins government.

The Opposition released its transport security policy yesterday.

Rail line exclusion zone proposed

Posted Wednesday, 11 November, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

An exclusion zone along rail lines could be required for all future development in the mid-western region of New South Wales.

Councillors have recommended a 50-metre landscaped buffer be introduced to protect homes and businesses from the noise and potential dust generated by coal trains which are set to return to the area.

The proposal will now go to the next council meeting.

Lismore MP backs amended rail bill

Posted Wednesday, 11 November, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The state member for Lismore, Thomas George, says amendments to the state government's controversial rail-trail bill are a significant win for the north coast community.

The original bill was slammed by pro-rail groups and The Greens, who believed it would be used to allow the sell off of disused rail lines.

Drunk woman survives falling in front of train

Posted Wednesday, 11 November, 2009 by bevans in International Rail News

A drunk woman who fell on the tracks at a Boston train station has walked away without injury and is now resting at home.

People flagged down the train driver to alert him the 26-year-old unnamed woman had fallen onto the tracks on Friday night.

Fares frozen until 2011

Posted Wednesday, 11 November, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Public transport fares in Victoria will be frozen until the end of next year.

Fares normally increase in line with the consumer price index.

Rail delays 'not due to weather'

Posted Wednesday, 11 November, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A rash of cancellations on Melbourne’s train network yesterday was the result of a maintenance backlog, not the city’s spring heatwave, according to Transport Minister Lynne Kosky and Connex.

As city temperatures peaked at 35 degrees yesterday afternoon, Connex cancelled dozens of trains, delaying thousands of commuters.

Dodgy machine? Not our problem, shrugs Metlink

Posted Wednesday, 11 November, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A run-in with ticket inspectors that led to a passenger with a paid ticket being fined because a tram’s validation machines didn’t work was "ridiculous", according to a public transport advocate.

Muru Gappan was handed a $172 fine by tram ticket inspectors in September because he had been unable to validate his pre-paid multi-trip ticket.

Myki users warn of transport 'nightmare'

Posted Wednesday, 11 November, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Geelong bus passengers who have acted as myki guinea pigs are predicting a transport "nightmare" when the new ticketing system rolls out across Melbourne.

The travel cards were introduced on Geelong buses at the end of last year and are expected to be up and running in Melbourne this month.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 7/11/2009.

Posted Thursday, 12 November, 2009 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 81 sightings for this week. This is seven sighting less than last week, making a total of 3743 sightings for this year to date. On day 311 last year we had recorded 4424 sightings.

We have seen five sightings on the B/G this week, which are four less that last week.

Union unaware of job cuts

Posted Thursday, 12 November, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) says it had no prior warning about job cuts announced by a Newcastle train manufacturer yesterday.

More than 40 jobs are set to go at United Goninan's Broadmeadow operation, mainly in roles like engineering.

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