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Government adds cycle and walking path alongside light rail extension

Posted Tuesday, 20 July, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

WORK on the light rail extension to Dulwich Hill will begin by December and should be completed within two years, with the state government using more of the disused freight rail corridor for urban passenger transport.

The $500 million project will connect the light rail terminus at Lilyfield with the heavy rail network in Dulwich Hill, which is on the Bankstown line.

From Lilyfield, the stations will be Leichhardt North, Hawthorne, Marion, Taverners Hill, Lewisham West, Waratah Mills, Arlington and Dulwich Grove, with an interchange at Dulwich Hill.

New fast track rail service opens in Japan

Posted Tuesday, 20 July, 2010 by bevans in International Rail News

Tourists heading to Japan on holiday can now benefit from a new express train service from Narita International Airport, which could get them to downtown Tokyo in as little as 36 minutes.

The new Narita Sky Access opened over the weekend and boasts trains with a top speed of 100 miles per hour. The journey from the airport to the centre of Tokyo usually takes nearly an hour but the new service can cut this time by around 15 minutes.

Mayors campaign for Coast rail extension

Posted Tuesday, 20 July, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

MEMBERS of the southeast Queensland council of mayors have joined forces to endorse a campaign asking for federal funding to extend the city's railway network right down to the Gold Coast Airport.

The mayors, from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast and west to Toowoomba, identified the rail project as one of seven key projects crucial to the state in the unprecedented move.

Internet call for V/Line rail services

Posted Tuesday, 20 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

V/LINE trains would be equipped with wireless internet and dedicated workstations under a bold proposal put forward by business leaders in Melbourne and Ballarat.

The Committee for Melbourne and the Committee for Ballarat issued a joint plea last week for better internet facilities on all commuter trains between Melbourne, Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong.

Committee for Melbourne chief executive Andrew MacLeod said WiFi internet was already on public transport in many countries around the world and was critical in attracting business.

Return of train services to Maryborough

Posted Tuesday, 20 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Train services will return to Maryborough on Sunday 25 July (more info), with 14 services running every week between Maryborough and Melbourne (via Ballarat).

The State Government has committed $50 million to the project which includes the upgrade of Creswick Station, signalling works, train stabling and upgrading the track between Ballarat and Maryborough.

Police charge City Loop brawl suspects

Posted Tuesday, 20 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Police have charged a group of males with affray over a brawl at a train station in Melbourne's City Loop a month ago.

A police spokesman confirmed the suspects, who handed themselves in this morning, had been charged over the melee, which left one man in hospital and up to five others injured.

The men fronted police less than 24 hours after CCTV footage of the alleged bashing, which occurred at Parliament Station on June 19, was released.

Labor going backwards on roads and rail

Posted Wednesday, 21 July, 2010 by bevans in Rail News

A report yesterday warned that the condition of state and local roads, rail and electricity infrastructure had all gone backwards. THE problems plaguing Labor in NSW were highlighted yesterday when The report by Engineers Australia found that "major changes" were needed to the state's infrastructure as it was generally in a poor to average condition.

Asciano abandoned rail sharing talks with QR

Posted Wednesday, 21 July, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

HE increasingly painful rail track access stand-off between QR National and Asciano has been reignited.

The state rail operator revealed that its emerging Queensland coal freight competitor walked away from infrastructure sharing discussions in December last year.

In its formal response to Asciano's attempt to have Queensland's coal freight rail track and some supporting facilities declared by the National Competition Council, QR National says the companies have twice held detailed discussions over "reciprocal infrastructure sharing", first in 2008 and then through 2009.

Compo for rail link residents

Posted Wednesday, 21 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Government has confirmed the owners of several houses at Footscray that will be affected by the regional rail link will be eligible for compensation.

The houses in Buckley and Victoria streets are outside the area of homes to be compulsorily acquired by the government to make way for the project.

Police Incident at Newport Railway Station

Posted Wednesday, 21 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A woman has been injured in an attempted robbery at Newport Railway Station this morning. The woman was attacked by a group who were riding in a car on a street adjacent to the station.

Billions being spent on rail network: ARTC

Posted Wednesday, 21 July, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) says it is spending billions of dollars on the Hunter Valley's coal chain network in a bid to get freight off the region's roads.

A new infrastructure report card by Engineers Australia has found the rail network has performed well under the ARTC's management.

But the report's authors say it is crucial there is even more investment in rail.

New report card gives state's rail -D

Posted Wednesday, 21 July, 2010 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

A new report card has found three quarters of infrastructure in New South Wales is in need of major changes.

Engineers Australia has tracked the development of infrastructure in New South Wales over the past seven years.

Believe it, or not, rail link is a goer

Posted Wednesday, 21 July, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A $1 BILLION rail project, linking Moree to Toowoomba in Queensland, has been described as a nationally significant piece of infrastructure by the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Anthony Albanese.

“In recognition of its potential as a nationally significant piece of infrastructure, I’ve granted Major Project Facilitation (MPF) status to the Border Railway Project being advanced by the Australian Transport and Energy Corridor Ltd (ATEC).

Car on Springwood rail tracks

Posted Wednesday, 21 July, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A car destroyed a railway pedestrian crossing and travelled 100 metres along the tracks before coming to rest in a drainage ditch in Springwood last weekend.

The vehicle, driven by a Katoomba man, was travelling west on the Great Western Highway about 3am last Sunday, July 18 when it struck a boundary fence on the rail corridor, police said in a statement.

Metro may reopen use of gates

Posted Wednesday, 21 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

METRO is considering bringing back entrance gates on platforms at 25 of Melbourne's most overcrowded railway stations in a bid to better control the flow of passengers getting on and off trains.

Gippsland call for additional train services

Posted Wednesday, 21 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

WELLINGTON Shire Council has developed a report supporting its bid to increase passenger rail services between Sale and Traralgon.

The report, to be put forward for adoption at tonight's council meeting, sets out the business case to increase services from the current three to six.

Police blitz on Melbourne's rail system

Posted Wednesday, 21 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Victoria Police will target violent offenders on Melbourne's rail network with a "saturation operations" blitz on train lines over the coming weeks, Chief Commissioner Simon Overland said today.

Under the safety push, a mixture of uniformed and plain-clothes police officers will take over whole train lines, patrolling known troublespots in a bid to curb anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related problems.

Blackout hits commuters, 40,000 homes

Posted Wednesday, 21 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Rail commuters were stranded on a train for more than 40 minutes in Melbourne's west this morning when a power surge cut electricity to the area.

The blackout also hit almost 40,000 homes and businesses in the area for a short time after a transformer inside the Laverton sub-station malfunctioned about 8.50am.

New $500m railway line 'unsafe'

Posted Thursday, 22 July, 2010 by bevans in Rail News

LARGE sections of the newly upgraded Melbourne-Albury rail line have been declared unsafe, forcing trains to slow down and prompting claims that the $500 million project has been bungled.

The train drivers union says speed restrictions have had to be enforced along 58 kilometres of the line where hundreds of large, mud-filled potholes have formed under the newly installed sleepers and rails.

The union says the holes under the tracks have caused carriages to separate and train drivers to almost bounce out of their seats. And it says resulting speed restrictions are adding an hour to the supposedly high-speed Melbourne-Sydney XPT passenger service.

Myki transit card ready for buses and trams

Posted Thursday, 22 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Long-suffering Melbourne commuters finally get smartcard.

The Victorian Government will extend the myki transit smartcard to cover buses and trams in two public transport zones from next week.

The troubled system went live late last year but only for trains.

It was now ready to be extended to other forms of public transport in Melbourne zones one and two, said the State's Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula.

He said a "significant amount of work had gone into getting the system ready for trams and buses during the past few months".

Bell tolls for last of the old trams

Posted Thursday, 22 July, 2010 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

THE historic Glenelg tram that was to be a tourist drawcard will be confined to the railyard unless the local mayor can broker a deal between the council and TransAdelaide.

The future of the tram was put in jeopardy when Holdfast Bay Council decided to cut funding to the Glenelg to Morphettville Tourist Tram Service, which was the last remaining service for the H-Class tram, at a committee meeting last week because at $300,000 it was too expensive.

Govt focus on ageing rail, ports

Posted Thursday, 22 July, 2010 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

Senior officials from Infrastructure Australia will visit Tasmania next month to look at ways to improve the state's ageing infrastructure.

An independent report recently gave the state's rail network an "F" rating and found the road network was below par.

Greens push regional rail agenda

Posted Thursday, 22 July, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The Greens have unveiled plans to boost regional rail infrastructure by moving freight off roads and onto trains.

The party wants to end the subsidisation of B-double truck registrations and invest the money in the Australian Rail Track Corporation to help create more jobs.

The federal election policy has been unveiled in Dubbo by the Greens' candidates for Calare and Parkes, Jeremy Buckingham and Matt Parmeter.

Pitt Street possum stops monorail

Posted Thursday, 22 July, 2010 by Speed in New South Wales Rail News

The rescue of an injured possum on Pitt Street on Wednesday afternoon requries the suspension of monorail services for half an hour.

Parents swing into action to stop relocation plan

Posted Thursday, 22 July, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

WITH 84 children, and 350 on its waiting list, uprooting St Thomas's Rozelle Child Care Centre to make way for a metro line that may never be built is not something parents will take lying down.

The community child-care centre is on one of the busiest sections of Victoria Road - at the corner of Darling Street - and is one of the first sites to be resumed for the Sydney metro line planned from Central to Rozelle.

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