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Showing stories from November 2009

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Metro critic says rail plan out of step with world

Posted Wednesday, 25 November, 2009 by Speed in New South Wales Rail News

Dr Rolf Bergmaier, credited with designing the Zurich transport network, calls for an increase in capacity for suburban services through the city and new railway services for densely populated areas in Sydney's southern suburbs.

Driver locked bus and joined in bashing, says refugee

Posted Wednesday, 25 November, 2009 by Speed in Victorian Rail News

A 31-YEAR-OLD West African man was attacked by a bus driver and eight other men after the driver locked him in a parked bus, police were told.

The driver summoned the men on his mobile phone.

They arrived shortly after in two cars, boarded the bus and kicked and punched the man, he said in a statement to police.

Gold Coast to get rail boost

Posted Wednesday, 25 November, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The Gold Coast will get another rail service next month.

Queensland Transport Minister Rachel Nolan says trains will leave the new Varsity Lakes station for the first time on December 14.

Rail land's toxic dirt removed

Posted Wednesday, 25 November, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

LARGE amounts of contaminated soil built up over more than a century are being removed from former railway land in Wodonga to allow for further redevelopment. High levels of arsenic, copper, nickel zinc, sodium chloride and nitrate were discovered in and around the former station and goods shed from testing done in late 2011.

Traumatised train driver asks not to front inquiry

Posted Wednesday, 25 November, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The driver of a train hit and killed three boys near Ipswich, west of Brisbane, has asked to be exempted from giving evidence at the inquest.

State coroner Michael Barnes is examining the circumstances of the deaths of Hayden Duncan, 10, his eight-year-old brother Glen Duncan, and their nine-year-old cousin Reggie Fisher, who were struck and killed by a train at Goodna in 2006.

National Express eyes German rail tenders

Posted Wednesday, 25 November, 2009 by bevans in International Rail News

National Express underlined its focus on expanding its position in Germany, as it looked to build on its initial success in Europe’s largest rail market by bidding for new tenders that could bring in annual revenues of €900m.
The company declined to specify the number of tenders it was bidding and said it would not expect to win all the contracts. The German regional rail market is being gradually liberalised, with 35 contracts expected to be let over the next two years

350 stranded for three hours after Geelong-bound train breaks down

Posted Thursday, 26 November, 2009 by wolfpac in Rail News

ALMOST 350 commuters were left locked in crammed carriages for about three hours late yesterday after a Geelong-bound train broke down near Little River.

Libs press on with city sports stadium plan

Posted Thursday, 26 November, 2009 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

The South Australian Opposition is pressing ahead with its plan to build a sports stadium at the city railyards site.

It has unveiled a billion-dollar plan for the city west area, including a 50,000-seat undercover stadium, along with cafes and shops.

The Government plans to build a new hospital at the site and says work on a new medical research facility will start at the railyards site in February, before the state election on March 20.

QR fined over employee deaths

Posted Thursday, 26 November, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Rail (QR) has been fined almost $800,000 over the deaths of two workers in central Queensland in 2007.

QR employees Jamie Adams and Gary Watkins were killed in December 2007 near Mindi, west of Mackay, when they were struck by a track machine while working on the line.

Why do governments favour road over rail in cities?

Posted Thursday, 26 November, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian government provided funding for a new city freeway this week but spurned a new rail line. It’s important to understand why governments continue to favour roads over rails

Butler rail plans 'disappointing'

Posted Friday, 27 November, 2009 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

The State Opposition has criticised a Government plan to put only one new train station along the soon-to-be-extended Joondalup train line.

The Government yesterday announced it would go ahead with the rail extension to Butler, in Perth's northern suburbs.

Colin Barnett wants federal WA rail funding

Posted Friday, 27 November, 2009 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

PREMIER Colin Barnett continues to push for commonwealth funding in the federal budget for WA rail plans, despite its historical backing of roads. When asked what he hoped to see in next week's federal budget, Mr Barnett mainly nominated contributions for various CBD transport projects promised during the recent state election.

ARTC have a new Chairman of the Board, Mr John Caldon

Posted Friday, 27 November, 2009 by CypherOz in Rail News

ARTC have a new Chairman of the Board, Mr John Caldon formerly Deputy CEO fo Macquarie Bank.

Mr John Caldon has been appointed the new chairman of the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), the wholly government-owned company that manages the nation's interstate rail network.

Rail line work

Posted Friday, 27 November, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A MULTI-million dollar program to upgrade level crossing safety and restore trains to the Gippsland line between Traralgon and Bairnsdale has been approved. Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder yesterday announced Public Transport Victoria had approved V/Line's plan for a permanent solution to the safety issue which has caused the suspension of train services since late March.

Train crash kills dozens, terrorism suspected

Posted Saturday, 28 November, 2009 by bevans in International Rail News

Twenty-five people are dead and 87 injured after a Russian train crashed in what officials said could have been an act of terrorism.

Four carriages of the luxury train travelling from Moscow to St Petersburg were derailed at 9:30pm local time near the town of Bologoye, 350 kilometres from Moscow.

"A one metre-diameter hole has been found next to the railway track," Interfax news agency said, quoting an unnamed source in Moscow's law enforcement agencies.

" Witnesses heard a loud slap before the accident. All of this could point to a possible act of terrorism."

Nat Express Rights Issue Agreed

Posted Saturday, 28 November, 2009 by bevans in International Rail News

LONDON (Reuters) - Transport group National Express beat off opposition from its largest investor to win shareholder approval for a 360 million pounds rights issue it needs to cut debt and restructure after losing rail franchises.

National Express said more than two-thirds of shareholders voted in favour of a cash call at an extraordinary meeting on Friday, a move which will allow it to repay some of its 1 billion pound debt pile and avoid breaching loan terms.

Bomb to blame for deadly train crash

Posted Saturday, 28 November, 2009 by bevans in International Rail News

Russian investigators say two bombs went off at the scene of a train derailment that killed at least 26 people and injured about 100 others.

The head of Russia's federal security service, Alexander Bortnikov, says preliminary findings indicate a bomb caused the derailment of the Nevsky Express as it travelled between Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Turning green would cure our icon envy

Posted Sunday, 29 November, 2009 by Speed in Tram and Light Rail News

IT SEEMS the need for an internationally recognised icon has again crept on to Melbourne's ''to do'' list. Not satisfied with being one of the world's most liveable cities, the cultural capital of Australia, and, according to a recent vote, the world's best sports city, what Melbourne feels it really needs is a symbolic structure, instantly recognised the world over. Unfortunately, McDonald's has already taken the big yellow ''M''.

Caltrain to offer real-time delay data

Posted Sunday, 29 November, 2009 by bevans in International Rail News

Caltrain commuters accustomed to facing long delays without warning will finally be able to check ahead and see if their train is running on schedule.

Caltrain officials said this week they have reached a deal with a private vendor to install global positioning system trackers in their locomotives, and use the sensors to provide real-time delay information to riders.

The expected arrival times of trains will appear at existing electronic signs at all station platforms from San Francisco to San Jose, on 511.org and by calling 511. The project should allow riders to determine ahead of time whether they should instead drive or take comparable routes such as BART north of Millbrae or Valley Transportation Authority light rail south of Palo Alto.

The project will cost $1.8 million and is part of Caltrain's $8.7 million initiative to install a new rail operations control system. The agency's board of directors is expected to approve the contract Thursday, though it is unknown when the system will start running.

Public transport's time has come

Posted Monday, 30 November, 2009 by Speed in New South Wales Rail News

RTBU branch secretary Nick Lewocki retires with optimistic expectations for New South Wales' railway and public transports. He calls for a co-ordinated strategy for Sydney transport and less easy cost-cutting.

Northbridge Link plans revealed

Posted Monday, 30 November, 2009 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

The State Government has revealed its final plans for the Northbridge Link.

The government will sink the rail line and bus station, and redevelop the 13.5 hectare site, to include a town square 25 per cent bigger than Melbourne's Federation Square.

New train, tram companies open for business

Posted Monday, 30 November, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Melbourne's new train operator is investigating a spate of cancellations on the company's first morning in charge.

Metro took over the rail network from Connex at 3:00am, running its first service from Frankston, just before 4:30am.

Metro chief executive, Andrew Lezala, says they have had too many cancellations this morning and staff are trying to fix the problems.

South-west Brisbane to get better roads, rail

Posted Monday, 30 November, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The Queensland Government says the booming suburbs in Brisbane's south-west will soon get a new rail line and upgraded roads.

Transport Minister Rachel Nolan says a four kilometre section of the Centenary highway will be widened to four lanes by next year from Richlands to Carole Park.

Rail tunnel drilling despite budget blow

Posted Monday, 30 November, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Workers will spend the next two months drilling boreholes along the Yarra River to plan for the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel, despite the project being sidelined in the state budget. The project received only $10 million for further planning in the 2013-14 Victorian budget, compared with $294 million for the east-west link, despite Infrastructure Australia assessing the nine-kilometre rail tunnel as ''ready to proceed''.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 11/5/2013

Posted Monday, 30 November, 2009 by wolfpac in Gunzelling Reports

There were 130 sightings for this week. This is two sighting more than last week, making a total of 2237 sightings for this year to date. On day 131 last year we had recorded 2190 sightings. This is 47 sightings up on the same time last year.

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