Showing stories from October 2012

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Fears closed freight terminal may reopen

Posted Tuesday, 30 October, 2012 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The federal Member for Mallee has urged authorities in Horsham to address concerns raised over the town's closed freight terminal.

The site in Mill Street was closed earlier this year, after the opening of the Wimmera Intermodal Freight Hub at Dooen.

Plans to cut train coal dust offer new hope

Posted Tuesday, 30 October, 2012 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

An anti-mining group has welcomed an energy company's announcement that it will try to reduce coal dust from trains on southern Queensland's Darling Downs to address fears about dust.

New Hope Coal says it will trial a water-based solution to stop coal dust blowing away from its wagons at the New Acland mine, north-west of Toowoomba.

Queensland Rail donates lost property to Salvation Army

Posted Tuesday, 30 October, 2012 by JimYarin in Queensland Rail News

TYRES, teeth and toys, if you left yours on the train they may be headed to their new home. The eclectic loot in the Queensland Rail lost property office is getting a clean out to help Salvation Army clients. Queensland Rail Acting Executive General Manager for Customer Service Martin Ryan said many weird and wonderful items have been left on trains. "Among the unusual items that have made their way to the lost property office are a tattooing kit, stethoscope, false teeth, a television and the contents of a kitchen including cutlery, crockery, spices and an electric jug," he said.

Subway Flood Toll: Tunnels, Tracks, Yards, Stations

Posted Tuesday, 30 October, 2012 by bevans in International Rail News

Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said six under-river subway tunnels had been penetrated by floods on Monday night, with water in all five tunnels connecting Lower Manhattan to Brooklyn as well as the Steinway Tube between Midtown and Queens.

The authority also reported flooding in the no. 1 train tunnel between from Chambers Street south to South Ferry at the tip of Manhattan, rail yards at 148th Street in East Harlem and at Coney Island, and inside some stations on the hard-hit Rockaways peninsula. The North Channel Bridge was underwater during the storm surge, a spokesman said.

New rail line to slash car trips

Posted Tuesday, 30 October, 2012 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

IT will take less than an hour to get from the furthermost station on The North West Rail link into the city, a new report says. Commuters will spend 57 minutes traveling from Cudgedong Rd Station into Wynyard, which includes time taken to swap trains at Chatswood, details revealed in the project's second Environmental Impact Statement show.The trip to Macquarie park will take 28 minutes, while it will be a 37 minute ride to get to Chatswood.

Commuters rail against dirty trains

Posted Tuesday, 30 October, 2012 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The State Opposition says Hunter commuters are being forced to travel on dirty trains.

Last year's official figures show the Newcastle and Central Coast Line recorded 138 complaints - around a dozen more than the Western Line and North Shore Line.

There were more than 1,000 complaints overall.

Group for rail link but want proper planning

Posted Tuesday, 30 October, 2012 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

MORE than 100 angry Brimbank residents rallied at Ardeer Station last weekend, calling on the Regional Rail Link Authority to postpone construction work on the multi-billion dollar project.The ‘Fix the Links’ Residents Rail Action Group voiced their concerns about an increase in noise, pollution and traffic congestion in the area as a result of the Regional Rail Link.Brimbank resident Maurice Sibelle said the group wanted the rail link to go ahead, but were asking the authority to address their concerns before commencing construction work.

Commuters ditch cars for trains and bikes

Posted Tuesday, 30 October, 2012 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The car is still king in Melbourne, but its crown is slightly askew.

Data from last year's census reveals 1.25 million Melburnians – or 66 per cent of the greater city's workforce – travelled by car to get to work last year.

The figure dwarfs every other transport mode, but is well down in percentage terms on 2006 levels, when the last census was taken. Then, about 1.1 million people used a car as their main way of getting to work, a whopping 78.1 per cent of the workforce.

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