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Showing stories from July 2010

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Transport Minister Martin Pakula Press Conference

Posted Tuesday, 27 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Victorian Transport Minister Martin Pakula has just announced at a Press Conference commuters will be compensated for failed services during todays Melbourne rail debacle

Rail chaos imperils Brumby

Posted Wednesday, 28 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

John Brumby's self-congratulatory mantra is that under his government, Victoria is a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Not yesterday it wasn't.

Yesterday was an embarrassment for Victoria's capital, which markets itself as one of the world's most liveable cities.

Federal Labor puts brakes on coal rail sell-off

Posted Wednesday, 28 July, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

THE model being used by the Bligh government to sell off its coal rail business is anti-competitive

It disadvantages mining companies and is likely to slash the state's long-term royalty take, according to a commonwealth appraisal of the plan.

A series of briefing notes, obtained by The Australian using Freedom of Information laws, explain federal Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese's public opposition to the plan to sell part of Queensland Rail.

Asciano opposes bid for joint rail access

Posted Wednesday, 28 July, 2010 by bevans in Rail News

ASCIANO is trying to block 16 coalminers from bargaining with QR over use of railway infrastructure associated with a Gladstone port.

The move comes as the miner-funded coal terminal calls for expressions of interest from miners for a second-stage expansion of the $4 billion Wiggins Island coal export terminal at Gladstone from 2015 or 2016.

Child abuser dies at train station

Posted Wednesday, 28 July, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A MAN who collapsed and died on the platform of Wacol train station yesterday has been confirmed as convicted serial pedophile Keith Albert Beattie.

Recently released from prison after serving a 10-year sentence, the 68-year-old suffered a suspected heart attack before falling to the ground about 10.50am.

How one snap hit the entire rail system

Posted Wednesday, 28 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

AT 4.55AM yesterday a badly worn cable that supported overhead power wires for city trains snapped.

While the failure was a serious one, the cable's location could not have been worse - and as a result Melbourne's entire train system was thrown into disarray.

The broken support cable was at the southern end of platforms 13 and 14 at Southern Cross Station.

Norfolk Southern profit surge on volume, prices

Posted Wednesday, 28 July, 2010 by bevans in International Rail News

NEW YORK — Railroad Norfolk Southern Corp. said Tuesday that second-quarter earnings surged 59 percent, as shipments increased, prices rose and efficiency improved in the recovering economy.

The Norfolk, Va., company earned $392 million, or $1.04 per share, compared with $247 million, or 66 cents per share a year earlier.

Revenue rose 31 percent to $2.43 billion.

Stranded by a wire

Posted Wednesday, 28 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A SINGLE piece of snapped overhead wire that brought chaos to Melbourne's train system yesterday - delaying more than 400,000 passengers for at least an hour - had been inspected for faults only 35 days earlier.

Eurotunnel sets new record for cross Channel transport

Posted Wednesday, 28 July, 2010 by bevans in International Rail News

On the opening weekend of what looks set to be a record breaking summer for the Channel Tunnel, Eurotunnel's Passenger Shuttle Service carried 9,382 passenger vehicles* between Folkestone in Kent and Coquelles in the Pas-de-Calais in a crossing time of 35 minutes.

This beats the previous daily record from the UK to the Continent since services began in December 1994.

On 23 July, 71 Passenger Shuttles left Folkestone departing every 15 minutes from 8am until midnight with an average load factor of 96.3% of capacity. This unprecedented number was helped on its way by strengthening the customer service teams on site and by adapting the organisation to manage the flows. All of the Shuttles left on time and traffic on the terminal in Folkestone was fluid throughout the day.

China plans $300b-plus splurge on high-speed rail

Posted Wednesday, 28 July, 2010 by bevans in International Rail News

China's construction of a vast high-speed rail network will bequeath it one of the world's most advanced rail industries, but it needs to keep a close eye on the debts it is running up in the process, the World Bank said on Wednesday.

China plans to build 13,000 km of high-speed rail lines by 2012, more than the rest of the world combined. Trains will travel at a maximum speed of 350 km an hour on 8,000 km of the track and at 250 km an hour on the rest. The Beijing-Shanghai line due to open next year will halve the travel time between the two cities to 5 hours.

Metro in confidential talks after rail meltdown

Posted Wednesday, 28 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Metro Trains and the state government have refused to reveal details of a meeting just hours after yesterday's power-line failure threw the metropolitan transport system into chaos.

Both Metro and a government official said last night's meeting was confidential, but conceded the events of yesterday, which stranded 400,000 commuters and led to serious delays for tram, bus and road travellers, were on the agenda.

LNP jumps aboard rail plan

Posted Wednesday, 28 July, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The Liberal National Party overnight promised $750 million towards the $1.15 billion Petrie to Kippa Ring rail line in a bid to neutralise Prime Minister Julia Gillard's promise that Labor would build the long-awaited 12.6 kilometre rail line to Redcliffe.

That effectively means bayside commuters will get a new rail line by 2016 regardless of which party wins the federal election on August 21.

Rail sale opposition old news: Qld govt

Posted Wednesday, 28 July, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The Queensland government has dismissed federal government documents criticising its planned coal rail sale as "old news" and promised to go ahead with its plan.

Briefing notes, provided to federal Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese and released under freedom of information laws, say the sale should be opposed.

The notes say the model being used by the Bligh Labor government is anti-competitive, will bring about higher costs for the resources sector and could lead to less royalties for the state.

Activists end Collinsville rail line blockade

Posted Wednesday, 28 July, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Protesters who were blocking a major rail line in north Queensland have agreed to stop their blockade.

The protesters began picketing the rail line on Monday at Collinsville, south of Townsville, preventing coals trains from passing through the town to the Abbot Point terminal.

They are angry about an increase in coal train traffic and emissions in the town.

Fix transport train wreck

Posted Wednesday, 28 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A SUGAR-coated "free" day for the chaos that brought Melbourne's rail system to a standstill is not enough.

The same sweetener has been doled out to train travellers before.

But still the chaos continues. Melbourne's train "service" has become a disservice to a long-suffering public.

Even the phrase long-suffering public has become a cliche. Train operator Metro and the Victorian Government must move decisively to overhaul a system that dates back 80 years to when the network was electrified.

Gov: Conn. funding likely for high-speed rail

Posted Wednesday, 28 July, 2010 by bevans in International Rail News

Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell says $260 million in state funding to upgrade train service from New Haven to Springfield, Mass., is expected to win approval from the state Bond Commission next month.

The state funding would nearly match a request for $220 million in federal money for the project. Connecticut is working with Massachusetts and Vermont to establish high-speed rail service in the region.

Rail workers plan strike

Posted Thursday, 29 July, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Sydney rail workers are threatening to go on strike next week unless a row over pay and conditions is resolved.

Unions say RailCorp administrators and maintenance workers will walk off the job for four hours on August 5 unless a compromise deal can be reached.

Rail operator signals September prospectus

Posted Thursday, 29 July, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

THE sales pitch to investors for the coal and freight rail operator QR National being listed on the sharemarket is ''coming down to the wire'' with expectations a prospectus will be released in late September.

In what has been billed as the country's biggest float since the first tranche of Telstra shares, T1, listed in November 2007, the QR National sales team rolled into Sydney yesterday attempting to stoke interest and ward off concerns about investor appetite for initial public offerings.

CP Rail rolls to surprise quarterly results

Posted Thursday, 29 July, 2010 by bevans in International Rail News

Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. delivered stronger-than-expected quarterly results Wednesday, but warned its recovery out the recession will remain choppy throughout the remainder of the year.

The country's No. 2 railway said its volumes continued to grow in the second quarter, up 20 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Privacy worries as police confirm they track commuters via their Go Card use

Posted Thursday, 29 July, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

GO Cards are being used almost weekly by police to track down innocent people and "bad guys".

TransLink, which co-ordinates the Go Card system, admit police requested access to its Go Card system 46 times last financial year.

"Most of those have been for missing persons," TransLink spokesman Andrew Berkman told The Courier-Mail.

"There's been one or two serious ones as well."

Rail talks to try and head off strikes

Posted Friday, 30 July, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

RailCorp and the major rail union will return to the Industrial Relations Commission today to try to resolve a pay dispute threatening future disruptions to train services.

RailCorp employees have been pushing since April for a five percent annual pay rise over four years.

Rail line commissioning on track

Posted Friday, 30 July, 2010 by bevans in Rail News

Parts of the new train line between Seymour and Albury are expected to be commissioned from the end of September.

The north-east rail track has been upgraded and a rail bypass has been built around Wodonga, as part of a project funded by governments and the Australian Rail Track Corporation.

GrainCorp, AWB merger to bring $40m in annual savings

Posted Friday, 30 July, 2010 by crusty in Rail News

GRAINS marketers GrainCorp and AWB will merge to create a $2 billion diversified agribusiness that will be one of Australia's biggest.

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