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Showing stories from November 2009

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MP changes mind on rail corridor bill

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

The state member for Lismore is apparently reconsidering his stance on the State Government's amended Rail Trails bill.

In a news release circulated yesterday, Thomas George described the amendments as a win for the north coast community.

Brumby leaves Melbourne airport rail link off agenda

Posted Thursday, 12 November, 2009 by bevans in Letters to the Editor

In a news report this morning, planners from Vicroads appear to be workng on yet another freeway for Melbourne. This time is it an 8 lane outer ring road which will move Melbourne's growth boundary yet again.

Latest Version of "All Australian Tracks" now available for download

Posted Thursday, 12 November, 2009 by bevans in Railpage Australia News

The latest installment of the "alltracks" google earth layer is now available. The version 20090918 (18th September 2009) is available in Railpage Downloads and is approximately 3meg in size.

Rail Trail bill pulled

Posted Thursday, 12 November, 2009 by seb2351 in New South Wales Rail News

The NSW government has withdrawn draft legislation, known as the rail trail bill, after it raised community ire. Asked why the government has gone back on its stance, the transport Minister stated it was simply due to lack of support from the Greens to pass the bill, and due to growing number of legislation the Government is also trying to have passed.

Freight hub plans await green light

Posted Friday, 13 November, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Plans have been lodged for a $100 million freight hub in the Bathurst region, just weeks after the same company announced the closure of its Patricks terminal in the city.

The Department of Planning is considering the application to build an intermodal facility and warehouse east of Kelso.

The Gateway Land Corporation says it will cater for on-site customs, grain silos, fuel storage and maintenance, which it hopes will be open by the end of next year.

Barnett backs third party mine rail access

Posted Friday, 13 November, 2009 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

The North West Iron Ore Alliance's (NWIOA) hopes of accessing the rail lines of BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto have received a boost after the Premier met the two companies on Tuesday.

Colin Barnett met BHP's Marius Kloppers and Rio's Tom Albanese to discuss the proposed merger of the Pilbara iron ore operations.

Axed $1.3b south-west rail link revived

Posted Friday, 13 November, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE Premier, Nathan Rees, plans to mark his first appearance as leader at the state Labor conference today by announcing that work will start next year on the $1.36 billion south-west rail link.

Almost one year after shelving the Glenfield-to-Leppington project in the mini-budget, Mr Rees will announce that work will start on the rail line next year and conclude by 2016.

NSW rail crime crackdown nabs hundreds

Posted Saturday, 14 November, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Hundreds of arrests have been made on NSW's railway network in a police crackdown which found crime and antisocial behaviour to be a major problem, the government says.

The possession of drugs in train corridors has been particularly rife, with 106 people cautioned since September 21 for possession of cannabis.

In the first seven weeks of the three-month Operation Vision Five, more than 40 knives and other similar weapons have been confiscated, and 563 people have been arrested.

New railway book - Western Australian Steam the South Western Corner

Posted Saturday, 14 November, 2009 by steamboy65 in Western Australian Rail News

Announcing a new book recently released called Western Australian Steam the South Western Corner with 56 pages of very good quality pictures.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 14/11/2009

Posted Sunday, 15 November, 2009 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 108 sightings for this week. This is 21 sighting more than last week, making a total of 3861 sightings for this year to date. On day 318 last year we had recorded 4509 sightings.

We have seen eleven sightings on the B/G this week, which are six more that last week.

NRMA attacks fuel road transport move

Posted Monday, 16 November, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The last fuel-carrying rail wagons will make their way along the Dubbo to Tamworth route today.

In August, Shell Australia announced plans to transport fuel from Parramatta to Dubbo, Canberra and Tamworth via road, instead of rail.

The Dubbo Shell depot will close at the end of the month, leaving seven people out of work.

Shell spokesman Paul Zennaro says the move will eliminate double handling and offer efficiencies.

Charges against QR official dropped

Posted Monday, 16 November, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Workplace health and safety charges against one of Queensland Rail's (QR) highest ranking officials have been dropped.

QR executive general manager Glen Mullins was facing one charge of failing to discharge a safe workplace after the death of two rail workers west of Mackay, in the state's north, in 2007.

Rail revamp reaches Toowoomba

Posted Monday, 16 November, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail's (QR) $65 million upgrade of the West Moreton rail system has reached the Toowoomba district on the state's Darling Downs.

QR spokesman Tim Ripper says it is changing the old timber and steel sleepers to concrete to accommodate coal trains travelling to mines at Jondaryan.

Rees revives south-west rail link

Posted Monday, 16 November, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The State Opposition says the Government's decision to revive the south-west rail link shows the plan should never have been dumped in the first place.

Premier Nathan Rees has been hinting for weeks that he would soon make a big-ticket transport announcement. He will formally make that announcement later this morning at the State Labor conference.

Rapid transit delays spark job fears

Posted Monday, 16 November, 2009 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

A Gold Coast business leader says delays in getting the rapid transit project off the ground are jeopardising jobs in the city.

The regional chairman of the Property Council says the light rail initiative has missed key dates set by Premier Anna Bligh and the Gold Coast rapid transit team.

Bad roads blamed for hindering farm-port deliveries

Posted Monday, 16 November, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Farm lobby group AgForce says substandard roads are preventing farm products from regional Queensland from getting to ports efficiently.

The group's state council has decided to make lobbying for regional infrastructure projects one of its key focuses for next year.

Train driver 'traumatised' by rock pelting

Posted Monday, 16 November, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Queensland police and the railway squad have launched an investigation after rocks were thrown at an electric train on the Gold Coast yesterday morning.

A service heading to Brisbane Airport hit a crate of rocks placed on the tracks at Coomera about 6:10am (AEST).

Police say the driver stopped the train and was pelted by rocks from people hiding in bushes on both sides of the track.

Fast train 'needs' private funding

Posted Monday, 16 November, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Federal Transport and Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese says it will be up to the private sector to get a fast train between Newcastle and Sydney up and running.

Federal Newcastle MP Sharon Grierson wants the fast moving train line back on the agenda, despite estimates that it would cost $20 billion.

End of the line for freight rail (Tamworth)

Posted Monday, 16 November, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE running of the last regular freight train to Tamworth yesterday was a sad indictment of years of flawed transport policy, Member for Tamworth Peter Draper said.

“It is unbelievable that as congestion on highways increases and the world is concentrated on environmental concerns, regular movement of freight by rail to a major city like Tamworth has been removed,” Mr Draper said.

He said one ex-rail employee, who had worked on the railway at West Tamworth, had told him that when he started work in the mid-1980s there were about six freight trains a day to Tamworth.

Employers group calls for infrastructure boost

Posted Tuesday, 17 November, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) has called for major investments in infrastructure to help the state cope with a predicted population boom.

Victoria's population is expected to reach 7 million by 2036 and VECCI is calling on the Government to invest in infrastructure now to make sure the states economy stays strong.

At its annual Victoria summit, VECCI has outlined a series of short, medium and long-term infrastructure projects.

The summit has heard traffic congestion is affecting Victoria's liveability and economic competitiveness.

VECCI has called for major investment in roads and public transport including the upgrading of Melbourne rail tracks which a prone to buckle in the heat.

Some commuters to pay more with myki

Posted Tuesday, 17 November, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The State Government has confirmed some passengers will have to pay extra when trams and buses run late, under the new myki ticketing system.

The additional charges will affect commuters who plan to take two or more trips in a two-hour period and one of those trips is delayed or cancelled.

QR signals road freight move

Posted Tuesday, 17 November, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Small freight between Brisbane and north Queensland could be transported by road instead of rail under changes to Queensland Rail's (QR) business operations.

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union says members from Bowen to Cairns were told by QR managers that small freight will be transported by road and not rail from January 4 next year.

Union spokesman Les Moffitt says motorists will be affected if more trucks are placed onto the state's roads.

North Melbourne Station concourse upgrade completed from Monday, 16 Nov 2009

Posted Tuesday, 17 November, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The upgrade of the North Melbourne Station concourse has been completed so people can now move around the station at either end of the platforms.

Also as part of the upgrade, the station has new passenger information displays, lifts and escalators and canopies to protect you from the weather, and it's safer, with resurfaced platforms and new digital CCTV.

Truck 'exploded in every direction'

Posted Tuesday, 17 November, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Train services are operating normally on the Ipswich line after a truck which hit a rail bridge at Graceville in Brisbane's inner-west left passengers stranded for nearly an hour this morning.

The crash occurred just after 8.40am and caused significant damage to the truck, which became wedged underneath the bridge on Long Street.

It is not believed the truck driver was hurt.

Call for Webb Dock to be extended into bay

Posted Tuesday, 17 November, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A PLAN to turn Port Melbourne's Webb Dock into the city's next major container terminal should eventually include expanding the dock into Port Phillip Bay, lobbyist and former Labor minister David White will tell a conference at Parliament House this morning.

The Port of Melbourne Corporation is expediting plans to bring large volumes of container shipping to Webb Dock, next to the Yarra River mouth in Port Melbourne.

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