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Train thought to Spark Bushfire

Posted Friday, 1 March, 2013 by pandem in Western Australian Rail News

Firefighters believe sparks from a train may be responsible for a number of fires in scrubland in Perth's eastern suburbs.

Emergency services began receiving calls about a fire on Railway Parade in Middle Swan about an hour ago.

Fire threatens homes, closes rail link

Posted Friday, 1 March, 2013 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

More than 150 firefighters working through the night saved 30 houses from a bushfire which is still out of control and threatening homes at Shady Hills and west of Walyunga National National Park.

Reinforcements are being brought in from the South West and Geraldton and more than 270 firefighters will battle the blaze that has burned through about 1200 hectares..

California high-speed rail finally wins Peninsula lawsuit after five years

Posted Friday, 1 March, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

SACRAMENTO -- Nearly five years after Peninsula towns first sued to block California's high-speed train from coming up the Caltrain corridor, a judge has finally dismissed the case in a long-awaited victory for bullet train backers.

The ruling released Thursday means the state finally proved that it was legally correct in December 2007 when it decided to send its planned $69 billion high-speed rail network up the Pacheco Pass from the Central Valley, zipping bullet trains from San Jose to San Francisco. An alternative plan that environmentalists and some Peninsula cities preferred would have sent the trains up a longer East Bay route through the Altamont Pass.

It gives the California High-Speed Rail Authority a sigh of relief as it heads toward a groundbreaking on the controversial project in the Central Valley as soon as July.

Marion Council ramps up its fight for a rail overpass at Oaklands Park

Posted Friday, 1 March, 2013 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

MARION Council will seek 20,000 signatures for a petition calling on the State Government to fund the $110 million overpass at Oaklands Park rail crossing.

Marion Mayor Felicity-ann Lewis said the community demanded a solution to the traffic problems but the council needed strong support from residents and businesses for the project to get off the ground.

"A petition with 20,000 signatures will be a strong signal that this infrastructure desperately needs to be funded to end the traffic congestion at Oaklands Crossing," Ms Lewis said.

Ring around the rail in the Western Australian election

Posted Friday, 1 March, 2013 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

Public transport has risen to the top of the campaign to-do list for the upcoming Western Australia election. Both Labor and Liberal have unveiled plans to bring a rail network to the airport – it’s now a matter of how this will be achieved.

The West Australian declared on its front page that transport, especially rail, would be the main election issue and the premier admitted they were probably correct.

When last in government Labor had previously backed a short link between the present Domestic Airport and the Midland Rail Line and had even put it in for Infrastructure Australia funding. But Colin Barnett took over shortly after and immediately withdrew this submission and there it lay smouldering away until the election drew nigh.

China’s rail ministry faces break-up

Posted Friday, 1 March, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

Marred by corruption and weighed down by debt, China’s railway ministry is expected to be eliminated in a shake-up that would mark the first governance reforms by the country’s new leadership.

The railway ministry has long functioned as a state within a state in China, with its own police, courts and some 2.1m employees. By taking on such a powerful entity, Xi Jinping, the incoming president, would be displaying a willingness to push through changes to the country’s system of government that are needed to sustain rapid economic growth.

 

‘Fixing’ the trains in Sydney: 1855 revisited

Posted Friday, 1 March, 2013 by djf01 in New South Wales Rail News

If you believe the spin, 2012 was the year that defined a clear new vision for rail in New South Wales.

The highlights, the story goes, were the release in September of a draft Long-Term Transport Master Plan prepared by the government’s new “integrated” transport agency, Transport for NSW, followed by public consultations on this plan, the release in October of a parallel State Infrastructure Strategy prepared by the government’s infrastructure advice agency, Infrastructure NSW, and the finalisation of a comprehensive Transport Master Plan in December, along with the announcements of clear government decisions on the competing aspects of the Transport for NSW and Infrastructure NSW proposals.

Experts see flaw in coal dust urban rail corridor study

Posted Sunday, 3 March, 2013 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A NEW coal dust monitoring program along the southeast urban rail corridor will not accurately measure the effect of accumulated exposure on nearby residents, experts say.

A leading environmental doctor and an air quality expert yesterday questioned the value of the testing, which will monitor coal dust emissions over a 24-hour period, potentially diluting the results of spikes in coal dust when a train passes.

The monitoring program, announced by the Queensland Resources Council on Wednesday, also will not test for accumulated coal dust on houses close to train lines.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 2/3/2013

Posted Sunday, 3 March, 2013 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 122 sightings for this week. This is five sighting more than last week, making a total of 1006 sightings for this year to date. On day 61 last year we had recorded 981 sightings. This is 25 sightings up on the same time last year.

Railroads emerge as alternative to Keystone XL pipeline for moving oil sands from Canada

Posted Sunday, 3 March, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

Even if foes of the Keystone XL pipeline block it, companies seeking to get Canada’s oil sands to U.S. and world markets could travel the old-fashioned way: by rail.

While TransCanada has been trying to obtain a U.S. permit to build the 875-mile northern leg of its Keystone XL pipeline, Canadian and U.S. railroad companies have been busy installing new track and loading facilities to carry the oil sands crude from northern Alberta to refineries in the United States and Canada.

WA Labor rail costing off the tracks as costing blows out to $5.2 billion

Posted Sunday, 3 March, 2013 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

THE West Australian Labor Party's election pledge to expand Perth's rail network has been costed at $5.2 billion by the state's Treasury in a blow to Opposition Leader Mark McGowan, who said it would cost taxpayers $3.8bn.

But Mr McGowan insisted that state Treasurer Troy Buswell had "egg on his face" for his repeated claims during the election campaign that the pledge would cost about $6.4bn.

Federal funding expected for major Liberal pledges

Posted Monday, 4 March, 2013 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

The Treasurer Troy Buswell expects the Federal Government to fund at least half of the party's $4 billion major rail and roads projects.

The Liberal Party has announced if it wins the election it will construct the MAX light rail system, airport rail link and start to build the Perth-Darwin highway.

Mr Buswell says he has not held any conversations with the Federal Government or the Federal Opposition about the funding.

Albanese warns high-speed rail costly, disruptive

Posted Tuesday, 5 March, 2013 by bevans in Rail News

Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says he supports the concept of a high-speed rail link along Australia's east coast, but has painted it as costly and environmentally disruptive.

Mr Albanese revealed some details of the project in a speech to the Sydney Institute last night, warning it may be too noisy and environmentally damaging to be a viable alternative.

He said the proposed rail link from Melbourne to Brisbane would involve more than 140 kilometres of tunnelling, much of it in Sydney.

Rail link to Rowville possible: Vic study

Posted Tuesday, 5 March, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A GOVERNMENT study has found a rail link to Melbourne's outer southeastern suburb of Rowville is possible, but will be at least a decade away.

The Victorian government released the final stage one report for the Rowville rail line feasibility project on Tuesday, which envisaged that 68,000 people would use the line daily by 2046.

While the study found the Rowville line is feasible, upgrades will be required on the Dandenong line and the Melbourne Metro underground rail tunnel will need to be built.

Rail will take bigger slice of freight pie: Fullerton

Posted Tuesday, 5 March, 2013 by bevans in Rail News

Rail will capture more of the long-distance logistics work in Australia, according to Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) CEO John Fullerton.

Fullerton last week told the Victorian Transport Association (VTA), rail reight’s transformation into a modern, commercially-orientated industry over the past two decades will see it more determined to win market share from other modes, particularly road.

“What we have today is a rail freight industry that has never been stronger,” Fullerton says.

“Industry participants such as Asciano, Aurizon, SCT Logistics and Qube are strong, they have commercial resilience and they have investment capacity.”

Fullerton says such companies are all successful, high performing enterprises with longevity and a depth of experience making the industry much more commercially and operationally mature.

Light shed on Newcastle rail idea

Posted Tuesday, 5 March, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

OPPONENTS of the idea of an east coast high-speed rail link between Brisbane and Melbourne argue, quite rightly, that Australia’s small population will make it hard for a project like that to make money.

The small market, coupled with the expense of acquiring a rail corridor and building through some of the tougher terrain – like the Hawkesbury sandstone belt, for example – definitely makes the equation challenging.

But the trouble is, the longer you delay making the link, the harder it becomes. 

Grain Train derails at Pyramid Hill

Posted Tuesday, 5 March, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A FREIGHT train carrying grain has derailed at Pyramid Hill overnight.

Fourteen carriages from the middle of the Pacific National train derailed about 1am on the O'Tooles Road level crossing.

About 500 metres of the track has been damaged with a quarter of the 200,000 tons of grain being carried spilt. 

Govt casts further doubt on high speed rail

Posted Tuesday, 5 March, 2013 by bevans in Rail News

TIM PALMER: The Prime Minister's campaign through Western Sydney this week is putting a lot of focus on solving traffic congestion, but the solution for another transport problem would appear as elusive as ever. 

The debate over a second Sydney airport has run for decades but the Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says the Government is inching towards identifying a suitable site.

In a speech to the Sydney Institute, he's also signalled that the next stage of a study into high speed rail will show that it may be too noisy and too environmentally damaging to be a viable alternative. 

From Canberra, Naomi Woodley reports.

NAOMI WOODLEY: The Prime Minister Julia Gillard's western Sydney trip hasn't yet featured a campaign style street-walk, but she's certainly conducting a media blitz.

JULIA GILLARD: Sydney's West is a fantastic place, I've had a great day here today.

Three men crushed to death in Alabama rail car accident

Posted Wednesday, 6 March, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

Three men were crushed to death and another was injured when a pile of steel beams fell on them in the railway car where they were sleeping, Alabama authorities said on Tuesday.

A fifth man escaped harm and summoned help, Mobile Fire-Rescue spokesman Steve Huffman said.

Mobile police said the men were believed to be transients in their 20s and had been sleeping in an open car, two on top of the beams and three below, when the accident occurred early Tuesday morning at the CSX rail yard.

The beams weigh at least several hundred pounds each, and it was unclear how many were stacked in the car.

"It's pretty heavy stuff," Huffman said, adding that the car was being readied to move when the load of beams apparently shifted and fell.

Greens claim Federal Government has 'crab walked' away from massive rail project

Posted Wednesday, 6 March, 2013 by bevans in Rail News

THE Greens have accused Labor of "crab-walking away" from high-speed rail after Anthony Albanese claimed the project would be too noisy.

Greens deputy leader Adam Bandt said the Government was ``preparing to sell out'' after Transport Minister Anthony Albanese warned high-speed rail between Melbourne and Brisbane will have significant noise issues and involve 144km of tunnels and will not be a perfect solution to the nation's transport challenges.

Mr Albanese said he was not arguing against the project but wanted to caution those calling for high-speed rail that it ``will have effects that are not desirable or perfect''.

Mr Bandt, who holds the federal seat of Melbourne, said Labor was looking for excuses.

Locals demand train access for Huntlee

Posted Wednesday, 6 March, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Public transport advocates are demanding the New South Wales Government force developers to improve rail access for residents of the massive Huntlee development near Branxton.

The $1.5 billion residential project will include thousands of new homes and is situated less than a kilometre from Branxton railway station.

Buses replace trains as derailment probe underway

Posted Wednesday, 6 March, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

V/Line says passenger services between Bendigo and Swan Hill will run as coaches for at least the next few days, after yesterday's derailment near Pyramid Hill.

No-one was hurt when 14 carriages from a train carrying grain derailed about 1:20am (AEDT) yesterday.

Minister says train rental scheme saves money

Posted Wednesday, 6 March, 2013 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Queensland Transport Minister Scott Emerson says leasing passenger trains from the private sector minimises financial risk to the state.

Two companies have been shortlisted for a major contract to build and rent out 75 trains.

Mr Emerson says under the proposal the State Government would pay an ongoing fee instead of a huge upfront cost.

Lobby urges tram extensions to avoid dead-end trips

Posted Wednesday, 6 March, 2013 by railblogger in Tram and Light Rail News

It's mid-morning in East Malvern, and another route three tram lumbers into the terminus at the small shopping strip at the intersection of Waverley and Darling roads, just as they have for the past 99 years. One passenger alights and three get on board.

Just a kilometre further up the road is East Malvern station on the Glen Waverley railway line, transporting thousands of passengers in and out of the city each day, and two kilometres beyond that is Chadstone, Australia's biggest shopping centre.

The failure of the route three tram to connect to the nearby train line and retail hub - instead fizzling out at a quiet intersection - is a wasted opportunity to open up the range of journeys tram passengers could take, the Public Transport Users Association argues.

Support for high speed rail

Posted Wednesday, 6 March, 2013 by bevans in Rail News

3 hours. That's how long it could take to get from Sydney to Melbourne on a high speed train line linking up Australia's east coast. And the Federal Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese supports the concept but acknowledges there'll be some hurdles to get over.

Toowoomba's Worst Rail Disaster on the Range

Posted Thursday, 7 March, 2013 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

On Thursday January 30, one hundred years ago yesterday, Toowoomba experienced our worst rail disaster.

Myki cash grab disables machines

Posted Thursday, 7 March, 2013 by railblogger in Victorian Rail News

Myki machines at suburban railway stations have been damaged in an apparent attempt to steal cash, sparking a police investigation. The damaged machines cannot accept notes, forcing passengers at those stations to top up with credit cards or coins or search for the nearest myki retailer. Fairfax Media has seen multiple vandalised machines unable to take notes at unstaffed stations along the Upfield line. Public Transport Victoria did not reveal how many machines have been damaged, saying the matter was "subject to police investigation". "A number of myki machines at train stations have been vandalised resulting in the machine being unable to accept notes," a spokesman said.

Light rail offer in bid to extend contract

Posted Thursday, 7 March, 2013 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

THE consortium that holds the contract for the $1.2 billion first stage of the Gold Coast's light rail system, GoldLinQ, has offered to cover most of the cost of the second stage to link it to the heavy rail network. One of the finance options put forward by GoldLinQ to the State Government would see the second stage of the tram system built from Griffith University to join up with the heavy rail at a new station at Parkwood. But it wants its operational contract extended from 15 to 28 years.

Aurizon Wins BMA/BMC haulage contract

Posted Friday, 8 March, 2013 by Range_Runner in Rail News

Aurizon has secured a new long-term, performance-based contract with BM Alliance Coal Operations Pty Limited (BMA) and BHP Billiton Mitsui Coal Pty Limited (BMC) for the haulage of up to 65 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of coal from its mine operations in Queensland.

Caboolture commuters demand refund after peak-hour rail delays at Petrie

Posted Friday, 8 March, 2013 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Get us home on time or refund our fares. That was the call of angry commuters stuck in trains on the Caboolture line this week after a peak-hour signal fault at Petrie.


The fault triggered the network's ``fail safe'' system, causing delays to 28 Caboolture and Sunshine Coast trains, said a Queensland Rail spokeswoman. The spokeswoman said the fault was caused by ongoing wet weather and electrical crews worked tirelessly to restore the service as quickly as they could. ``We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience,'' she said.

Leighton subsidiary wins $120m rail deal

Posted Friday, 8 March, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Leighton Holdings' contract and project development subsidiary has snared a $120 million deal to work on a major rail extension in Sydney.

Leighton Contractors will work with two other companies on six kilometres of new railtrack, bridge and station works along the Epping to Thornleigh third track.

Drills pierce rail tunnel wall on London commuter route

Posted Saturday, 9 March, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

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Light rail offer stretches to the south

Posted Saturday, 9 March, 2013 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

IT has emerged that GoldLinQ's offer to extend the light rail stretches further than originally thought -- with plans under way to also take trams south.

The company this week said it was willing to cover the capital cost of connecting with the heavy rail system north of the original design -- if its operational contract was extended from 15 to 28 years.

Gold Coast business leader John Howe said GoldLinQ would not only build the second stage of the light rail from Griffith University to a new station at Parkwood, but would also extend the line at the other end from Broadbeach to Nobby Beach if their contract proposal was accepted.

Transport operators fall short

Posted Saturday, 9 March, 2013 by railblogger in Victorian Rail News

Yarra Trams and V/Line were both hit with record fines for poor punctuality in the December quarter, while Metro missed its train cancellation target for the fourth month in a row in February.

Regional operator V/Line was slugged with a $2.07 million fine for excessive train delays, while Yarra Trams was fined $551,000 – a record quarterly penalty for operator Keolis Downer Rail, which took over running the network in late 2009.

Metro's fourth straight failure to meet its reliability target will again trigger compensation payments to eligible ticket holders.

Public Transport Victoria reported in its quarterly bulletin Track Record, published on Friday, that on-time performance in the December quarter deteriorated on all modes of transport – Metro and V/Line trains, trams and buses.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 9/3/2013.

Posted Sunday, 10 March, 2013 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 114 sightings for this week. This is eight sighting less than last week, making a total of 1120 sightings for this year to date. On day 68 last year we had recorded 1106 sightings. This is 14 sightings up on the same time last year.

Queries on rail line to nowhere

Posted Sunday, 10 March, 2013 by vanessa in New South Wales Rail News

If I were a minister and spending up to $10 billion on something, I'd want to hope people liked what I was spending it on. I'd want to hope what I was spending it on made the world a better a place. The O'Farrell government is spending this kind of money on a train line. But at the moment it's far from certain people are going to like it. It's far from certain it will make Sydney an easier place to get around.

Disappointment over rail removal timeframe

Posted Monday, 11 March, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

PROTESTERS against the termination of Newcastle’s heavy rail line at Wickham have expressed disappointment  the government wants the existing line removed by the March 2015 state election.

State Planning and Infrastructure Minister Brad Hazzard told a luncheon in Newcastle last week  he wanted to see the plans and implementation of the Wickham interchange ‘‘within the next two years’’.

Gippsland puts its case to host rail line

Posted Monday, 11 March, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Gippsland councils want a proposed high-speed rail line across Australia's east coast to run through their communities, arguing it would inject new life into the region and do more to fix Melbourne's congestion woes than a preferred route alongside the Hume Freeway.

A federal study has already scratched Gippsland from a list of contenders as the best route for a rail line between Melbourne and Sydney, but the region's six councils want the experts to think again, and hope to recruit the Napthine government to their cause.

Single rail deal to Galilee Basin

Posted Monday, 11 March, 2013 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A single rail solution is emerging to get coal from Queensland's undeveloped Galilee Basin to port at Abbot Point, but there is scepticism that the $6 billion spend can be justified, given soft coal markets.

On Monday, Aurizon, the former QR National, and the GVK Hancock partnership between India's GVK and Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting, announced a preliminary agreement to jointly develop the 500 kilometre rail and port - potentially, the most expensive infrastructure project in the state's history. Aurizon would pay an unspecified amount to take a 51 per cent stake in the vehicle that owned the rail and port, Hancock Coal Infrastructure, which would be jointly run.

V/Line train went down wrong track

Posted Tuesday, 12 March, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A severe safety breach in which a V/Line train left Southern Cross Station and travelled 800 metres down the wrong track towards an oncoming passenger train was the fault of Melbourne's badly outmoded train radio systems, an investigation has found.

Staff at Metro's train control centre could not contact the driver to tell him he had passed a stop signal because Metro and V/Line do not share a radio channel. He finally came to a stop just 240 metres from a stationary city-bound V/Line train, and was oblivious to the terrible error until a train supervisor chased him down on foot.

Australian Heritage Railways: Lifehacker’s Complete List

Posted Tuesday, 12 March, 2013 by bevans in Railway Stories

In a road-obsessed society, many of Australia’s former railways no longer operate commercially, but that doesn’t mean they’ve disappeared entirely. Volunteer groups run heritage railways across the country, offering a chance to revisit earlier eras of transport. Check out every active heritage railway in Australia on our interactive map.

We’ve featured every railway we could find which actually runs trains (or trams), since those make the most compelling option for visitors. That means we’ve omitted heritage groups currently trying to restart services, or stations which run solely as museums. If you want a list that includes those operations, check out Wikipedia’s roundup.

Train service resumes after bridge rescue

Posted Tuesday, 12 March, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

All train services to and from Flinders Street Station resumed at about 11 o'clock tonight, but late-night commuters can expect delays of 40 minutes after an emergency rescue in the city.

The train disruption occurred after a young man, believed to be about 25, fell two metres over the edge of the Batman Avenue bridge. The man fell onto a ledge attached to the bridge, rather than onto the railway lines many metres below.

Because of the man's dangerous location, above railway tracks and train powerlines, Metro Trains had to turn off the power and stop services.

Hobby railway in Britain will be linked to British Rail

Posted Tuesday, 12 March, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

IT'S more Thomas the Tank Engine with its steam trains and elderly uniformed platform controllers, but a railway line described as the biggest train set in Britain is to be connected to the national network for scheduled services.

Steam trains began trundling through the village of Corfe Castle to Swanage in South West England in 1885 but demand forced the line to close and tracks were lifted in 1972.

But shortly after, a group of train enthusiasts reopened the station and returned the tracks for a single "heritage" line that for 41 years has carried tourists through 16km of quintessential British countryside with its stone walled fields and rich forests and ancient castle ruins and villages.  

Albion choice for Melbourne Airport rail link

Posted Wednesday, 13 March, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A TRAIN line to Melbourne Airport would run from the proposed Metro rail tunnel via Albion East, the State Government says.

The route was not necessarily the quickest - it would take an estimated 30 minutes to travel from the airport to the Metro's proposed CBD North station.

But Transport Minister Terry Mulder said it was the best option identified by a $6.5 million feasibility study.

Slippery tracks caused Brisbane rail crash

Posted Wednesday, 13 March, 2013 by AFULE in Queensland Rail News

A BRISBANE passenger train crashed into a train station because the tracks were slippery, an investigation has found.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau found contaminants - such as wet leaves, wood, rust, oil or lubricants - were on the tracks and that affected the train's ability to brake.

"The braking effectiveness of T842 was reduced ... and the train was unable to stop before hitting the end-of-line buffer stop," the ATSB's preliminary report said.

Rail freight diversion shapes up as a key election issue in Boothby

Posted Wednesday, 13 March, 2013 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

A GROUP campaigning to rid the Hills of noisy freight trains has vowed to make their fight a key Federal Election issue in the marginal seat of Boothby.

The 10-member Rail and Transport Committee, formed last year by Mitcham councillor Mark Ward, says it will push the Labor and Liberal parties to secure funds for a bypass from Murray Bridge to the north of Adelaide.

Victorian Farmers Federation calls for rail upgrades

Posted Wednesday, 13 March, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

THE Victorian Farmers Federation has identified several rural rail lines in need of speed and loading capacity upgrades and is calling for further investments into the state’s rail network.

The call comes after 14 carriages of a Pacific National train carrying grain were derailed at Pyramid Hill last week, spilling about a quarter of the train’s grain load and damaging 500 metres of track. 

A track fault was cited as the cause of the incident.

International consultant 'appalled' by no Airport rail link

Posted Wednesday, 13 March, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

An international urban design consultant warns that Melbourne's position as one of the most livable cities in the world will be in jeopardy, if it does not build a rail link from the city to the airport.

The call comes after a feasibility study released by Melbourne's public transport planners, recommended the Albion East link, which would connect with the proposed metro tunnel at Footscray.

Study pinpoints the preferred route for rail link to connect Doncaster and the city

Posted Wednesday, 13 March, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A TRAIN along the Eastern Freeway has been identified as the best rail route to Doncaster, with a new underground line from Northcote to the city integral to the plan.

A long-awaited feasibility study into a Doncaster link has pinpointed a preferred route to start at Doncaster Park and Ride, run along and under the freeway with stations at Bulleen and Kew and connect with the existing rail network at Victoria Park station in Collingwood.

It would then go through stations in Richmond, on to Flinders St and through the City Loop.

The solution would also need the South Morang line to be underground from about Northcote. It would travel via new stations at Merri, Clifton Hill, Fitzroy and Parkville in the proposed Melbourne Metro tunnel, before ending at a new Flagstaff Gardens station.

Wayville rail upgrade to cost $16.5 million

Posted Wednesday, 13 March, 2013 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

More detail has been given of a plan for a permanent rail station at Wayville in Adelaide's inner south.

It is planned to spend $16.5 million to upgrade the temporary train station for permanent use.

The stop has been used in the past during the Royal Adelaide Show.

Health centre 'in way' of light rail plans

Posted Wednesday, 13 March, 2013 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

THE $160 million Griffith Health Centre will need to be shifted if plans to link the city's light rail system to a new station at Parkwood go ahead, says a Gold Coast MP.

Alex Douglas, the Member for Gaven, said the building, which is under construction on the corner of Parklands Drive and Olsen Avenue, was standing in the way of the preferred route for the light rail system.

The proposed route would allow the light rail project to go ahead sooner and to be built at a much lower cost than the original plan to run from Parklands to Helensvale at a cost of between $800 million and $1 billion.

Mr Douglas said the health centre was in the wrong place and might need to be knocked down.

Electronic ticket for commuter line to be launched in April

Posted Thursday, 14 March, 2013 by Speed in International Rail News

[Jakarta train] operator PT KAI Commuter Jabodetabek (KCJ) is set to launch an electronic ticketing system by the end of April.

KCJ spokeswoman Eva Chairunisa said on Monday that the company was currently in the last phase of preparations before activating the system for all 600 stations in Greater Jakarta, which will cover the Bogor-Kota, Jakarta Ring, Tanah Abang-Parungpanjang, Duri-Tangerang and Bekasi-Kota routes.

Big truck to roam state roads (Victoria)

Posted Thursday, 14 March, 2013 by JimYarin in Other Transport News

Giant trucks more than 36 metres long will be let loose on more Victorian roads under a Napthine government plan to move more freight across the state.

The government wants to see 36.5-metre road trains and B-triples on more regional roads, and expand the routes that longer B-doubles can use around Melbourne, in a bid to transport freight more productively.
But to do so it will have to overcome community fears about monster trucks and avoid "getting picked off by individuals or single issues", Roads Minister Terry Mulder told a freight industry forum on Wednesday.

Infrastructure spending. Some say do it now!

Posted Thursday, 14 March, 2013 by Speed in Railpage Australia News

Infrastructure, or rather the lack of it, remains front and centre in holding back productivity growth. But with global interest rates at historic lows governments are being urged to risk the dreaded deficit and get some important projects built. Think "nation building" - well there's never been a better time than now, say the experts.

Hamilton Rail Link to Ararat with connection to Melbourne would stop city's continuing flatlining

Posted Thursday, 14 March, 2013 by LegendsofSteam in Victorian Rail News

A SOUTHERN Grampians Shire councillor has called for Hamilton to be reconnected to passenger rail.

Cr Katrina Rainsford said the city was “flatlining” and needed to be better linked to the rest of the state.

Hamilton is one of few major Victorian towns, including Portland and Mildura, that do not have a passenger rail line.

The councillor is hoping to form a new group aimed at the reintroduction of commuter services.

V/Line timetable 'flunks the test'

Posted Thursday, 14 March, 2013 by railblogger in Victorian Rail News

A GISBORNE student who uses public transport to get to university in St Albans says V/Line trains don't run on time or match up with the Metro train timetable. Gemma Elliott, 18, started university this year and relies on public transport. She catches an 8.41am train from Gisborne that is meant to arrive in Sunbury at 8.58am but is often late. The connecting Metro service is at 9.02am. After this service, the next train to St Albans from Sunbury is at 9.40am. Gemma said that last Tuesday the 8.41am V/Line train from Bendigo to Gisborne was late and she missed the 9.02am connection at Sunbury.

Rail disruptions after train hits car

Posted Friday, 15 March, 2013 by vanessa in Victorian Rail News

Major delays are expected on the Belgrave line this morning after a train hit a car at Tecoma, in Melbourne's east. Passengers on the train escaped injury when the train collided with a car near the Glenfern overpass at Upwey just before 5:00am (AEDT).

Aurizon wins Xstrata rail contract

Posted Friday, 15 March, 2013 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Freight rail operator Aurizon has won a coal haulage contract in Queensland with mining giant Xstrata.

Aurizon has won the right to haul coal from Xstrata’s expanded Rolleston mine, where production is expected to increase by more than five million tonnes of coal a year to 14.6 million tonnes from late 2014.

Attention passengers, your expanded rail network has been delayed

Posted Friday, 15 March, 2013 by railblogger in Victorian Rail News

ANALYSIS It has taken just two years for the state government's grand plans to expand Melbourne's suburban rail network to vanish down a hole. Or rather, a tunnel. After ambitiously launching studies on long-proposed railway lines to Doncaster, Rowville and Melbourne Airport in its early days, the Coalition government has in the past week dropped three separate independent reports that all reach the same conclusion: nothing will be built before Melbourne Metro. Melbourne Metro – a proposed nine-kilometre rail tunnel beneath the city centre – is at least a decade away from happening but heads the government's wishlist of public transport projects and, perhaps more significantly, of the bureaucracy that advises them. The Transport Department and its successor, Public Transport Victoria, were never interested in the Coalition's vision of new suburban rail extensions because they had already looked at these projects years ago and found reasons not to go ahead with them. Evidently they won the argument behind closed doors, because the government has rushed to release its reports, as if to purge itself of the embarrassing baggage of its pre-election optimism.

Rail provides answer to freight task - ARTC

Posted Friday, 15 March, 2013 by QSB6.7 in Rail News

Australian Rail Track Corporation CEO John Fullerton wants rail to take on more of the burden as Australia’s freight task grows.

Sale reduces state stake in rail to 9%

Posted Sunday, 17 March, 2013 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The state government has confirmed it will sell half its stake in rail freight business Aurizon, formerly known as QR National, in a deal worth $806 million.

Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the proceeds from the sale would be used to pay down state debt.

The Queensland government sold off $1.5 billion worth of QR National shares, reducing its stake from 34 per cent to 16 per cent, only five months ago.

Mr Nicholls said at the time that there were no ''current intentions'' to sell any of the remaining shares in the ''near term''.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 16/3/2013.

Posted Monday, 18 March, 2013 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 118 sightings for this week. This is four sighting more than last week, making a total of 1238 sightings for this year to date. On day 75 last year we had recorded 1226 sightings. This is 12 sightings up on the same time last year.

Coaches to replace Albury midday trains

Posted Monday, 18 March, 2013 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

Coaches will replace the two Albury midday trains from Tuesday 2 April to allow the Australian Rail Track Corporation to accelerate its track repair program. The two trains, the 12:00 Southern Cross to Albury, and the 12:45 Albury to Southern Cross, will run as coaches the entire trip to reduce inconvenience for passengers. Trains will return on Sunday 30 June, 2013.V/Line Acting Chief Executive Officer Ross Pedley said the decision to replace the two trains with coaches followed discussion with the ARTC and Public Transport Victoria.

Rail freight in Britain: shaped by Beeching, despite his reputation

Posted Monday, 18 March, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

The damage wrought by the Beeching report is an article of faith among rail enthusiasts, not to mention millions of would-be passengers living near branch lines closed down its wake.

But among one section of the rail industry, there is a great degree of appreciation for other foundations that Dr Richard Beeching laid even as he brandished his axe, 50 years ago this month. That might seem heretical to many: at an event held by the Campaign for Better Transport at London's Science Museum last week, its president Michael Palin said Beeching "left a psychological and environmental scar unmatched by the scaling down of any other industry."

Rail neglect a premier test

Posted Monday, 18 March, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

I would like to clarify the comments attributed to me in The Standard on March 9. 

V/Line had booked two first class carriages, cars A and F. On Friday, car F had been removed from the train. 

This had car F passengers boarding in Melbourne being directed to catch a bus and those boarding later down the line left standing in the aisles of the fully-booked train. 

12 more buses for Noarlunga rail line substitute service

Posted Monday, 18 March, 2013 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

AN extra 12 buses have started running today on the Noarlunga rail line substitute service.

 
The new Noarlunga morning peak services are operating as follows:

- N6 departs Hallett Cove Beach Station at 6am, arriving stop Z3 King William St, City at 6.51am

- N6 departs Hallett Cove Beach Station at 6.20am, arriving stop Z3 King William St, City at 7.11am

- N3X departs Oaklands Station at 7.05am, arriving stop Z3 King William St, City at 7.35am.

No one caught dumping rubbish at Huntingdale train station

Posted Monday, 18 March, 2013 by Sir Thomas Bent in Victorian Rail News

A PROMISED crackdown on rubbish dumpers at Huntingdale Railway Station has failed to catch anyone, despite large piles of rubbish filling the station's gravel carpark.

Are all new urban rail lines wise investments?

Posted Monday, 18 March, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Our cities desperately need investment in public transport. It’s vitally important limited funds are spent on good projects that deliver, not devalued by populism or wasted on pork-barrelling

'Consult us' call on Sunshine airport rail route

Posted Monday, 18 March, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A DECISION by the state government to support a new rail link between the city and Melbourne Airport via Sunshine has met a mixed response.

Sceptics say the chosen route is a re-run of a decision that should have been made 20 years ago and cast doubts on whether there was a real commitment to getting the rail link built.

Others embraced the announcement by Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder, who released the findings from the $6.5 million Melbourne Airport Rail Link Study last week.

Leighton wins $A656m HK rail contract

Posted Monday, 18 March, 2013 by wolfpac in International Rail News

LEIGHTON Contractors has secured a $A656 million contract from Hong Kong rail operator MTR Corporation for part of a new rail link in the Chinese province.

Dungog: all aboard for rail protest

Posted Tuesday, 19 March, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Dungog councillor Linda Bowden will move a motion at tonight’s council meeting to urge the state government to reverse its decision to cut the railway line into Newcastle at Wickham.

Ms Bowden said outlying councils such as Dungog, whose residents relied on the service, had not been consulted before the decision was announced.

She said the railway line was the only seamless transport option into Newcastle and its removal would have dire consequences for the Dungog community and rail commuters in the Hunter region.

Vehicle struck by train - Allansford

Posted Tuesday, 19 March, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Police are currently at the scene of a crash in Allansford which has claimed the life of a man after his vehicle was struck by a train.

It’s believed the vehicle was travelling north on Brown Street before being hit by a freight train at the level crossing just east of Allansford Railway Station around 7.30am.

Rail company signs new contract to haul coal to Gladstone

Posted Tuesday, 19 March, 2013 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

[color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]AURIZON has signed a new long-term coal haulage contract involving the Port of Gladstone.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The company (formerly QR National) and Ensham have signed a new agreement to rail 5.5 million tonnes of coal per annum from Ensham's mine in Central Queensland.[/font][/size][/color]

Greiner: Residents must accept rail decision

Posted Tuesday, 19 March, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

HUNTER residents must ‘‘get behind the good of Newcastle’’ and accept the state government’s decision to cut the heavy rail line, Nick Greiner said today.

The former Liberal premier and current chairman of Infrastructure NSW said he was pleased the O’Farrell government had released the urban renewal strategy that earmarks the rail line to be truncated at Wickham.

‘‘It’s long overdue, in some ways 25 years overdue, the government has made a decision,’’ said Mr Greiner, who will tonight celebrate the 25th anniversary of his government’s electoral win on March 19, 1988.

Decision on Newcastle rail line final

Posted Tuesday, 19 March, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THERE will be no going back on the decision to terminate the Newcastle line at Wickham, says Newcastle MP Tim Owen.

Major ‘kink’ in rail link to airport

Posted Tuesday, 19 March, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A DECISION by the state government to support a new rail link between the city and Melbourne Airport via Sunshine has met a mixed response.

Sceptics say the chosen route is a re-run of a proposal that should have been adopted 20 years ago.

They have cast doubts on whether there is a real commitment to getting the rail link built, while others have embraced the announcement by Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder, who released the findings of the $6.5 million Melbourne Airport Rail Link Study last week.

Wishlist for Huntingdale station

Posted Wednesday, 20 March, 2013 by Speed in Victorian Rail News

Monash University students and staff are calling enhancements to Huntingdale Station so that buses 601 and 630 can be boarded without stepping out of Huntingdale Station.

They pose that it's unsafe to have so many people crossing Huntindale Road to get to and from the existing bus stop at Huntingdale Road, as well as unsafe to wait on an empty part of Huntingdale Road for a bus as night.

They also point out that there is little in the way of shelter for bus passengers heading east along North Road.

On Tuesday 19th March, they had the cuddle orange and white bus at Huntingdale Station handing out pamphlets, as well as a petition. They also have a Facebook page.

Xstrata closes Qld headquarters

Posted Wednesday, 20 March, 2013 by bevans in Rail News

Swiss mining giant Xstrata Coal is closing its Brisbane office and moving administration operations to New South Wales.

The company says more than 100 positions at the Queensland headquarters have been lost.

It has blamed the introduction of the carbon tax, rising royalties charged by the Queensland Government, the high Australian dollar and low price of coal for the decision.

High-speed rail study finds that remote cities benefit from connection to global hubs

Posted Wednesday, 20 March, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

Bullet trains fuel real-estate booms, improve quality of life and create other unintended consequences by sharply reducing commute times from smaller cities to large megacities, economists from UCLA and China's Tsinghua University observed in a new studyin China. A similar dynamic, they said, could play out as California builds its own high-speed rail system.
    
Because high-speed rail effectively brings cities closer together by reducing travel times, it allows people to enjoy many of the benefits of big cities while living in "second-tier" cities far from the pollution and congestion. By making second-tier cities attractive to those who would otherwise flock to global hubs, bullet trains could act as a safety valve for crowded megacities in the developing world and ease the effects of overpopulation, the study authors report. 

Tapping river of Galilee gold one step closer with rail deal

Posted Wednesday, 20 March, 2013 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

IS ALL the hype and promise of untold riches from billions of landlocked tonnes of thermal coal in the Galilee Basin on the verge of being realised?

Barcaldine Mayor Rob Chandler is starting to be a believer.

"We've been on this for five years now, in the front door of companies and the government of the day and we really haven't kicked too many goals," Cr Chandler said.

Cross Rd rail crossing to be closed at South Rd over Easter weekend as part of electrification work

Posted Thursday, 21 March, 2013 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

TRAFFIC will be diverted while Cross Rd is closed at the South Rd overpass intersection during the Easter long weekend.

It is the first in a series of rail crossing closures as part of the Transport Department's electrification of the Noarlunga Rail line. 

The Black Forest crossing will be closed from 8pm on Thursday, March 28, until 5am on Tuesday, April 2, 5am.

Gippsland trains halted over safety fears

Posted Thursday, 21 March, 2013 by railblogger in Victorian Rail News

The Gippsland railway line has been shut down until further notice east of Traralgon because some level crossings are not detecting approaching trains early enough to ensure safety. Thirty-two level crossings on the line between Traralgon and Sale are failing to consistently detect approaching trains in time to activate boom gates. Regional rail operator V/Line released a statement on Thursday stating that all Bairnsdale train services had been suspended while the problem is investigated, and would be replaced by coaches. Trains will run between Melbourne and Traralgon as normal. V/Line acting chief executive Graham Perry said warning bells at the affected level crossings were ringing for inconsistent lengths of time.

Rail to takes logs again

Posted Friday, 22 March, 2013 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

THE transport of logs on rail services resumed in Tasmania yesterday after an absence of almost a decade.

The resumption followed the signing of a commercial agreement between TasRail and Forestry Tasmania.

Roy Hill boss cool on buying rail, port stake

Posted Friday, 22 March, 2013 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

The iron ore empires of Andrew Forrest and Gina Rinehart appear unlikely to co-operate over railways and ports, according to the man running Mrs Rinehart's ambitious Roy Hill project in the Pilbara.

Barry Fitzgerald, the chief executive of Roy Hill Holdings, admitted he had studied the sale process that Mr Forrest's Fortescue Metals has been running for a stake in its port and rail assets.

RACV pleads for faster rail crossings fix

Posted Friday, 22 March, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The RACV is appealing to the Victorian Government to speed up its level crossing upgrade program, after a fatality near Warrnambool this week.

A 22-year-old man was killed at a crossing at Allansford on Tuesday morning.

The crossing has no boom gates or warning lights and it is understood it was slated for an upgrade next year.

Panama Canal rail traffic hit by computer glitch

Posted Saturday, 23 March, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

Thousands of containers have been stuck at Panamanian ports after a computer glitch hampered communication with the railway, causing significant delays, officials said on Friday.

The Panama Canal Railway Co transports about 1,500 containers daily between the only port on the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal and three ports on the Atlantic, said Thomas Kenna, director of operationsfor the railway.

Atlas rail deal mooted

Posted Sunday, 24 March, 2013 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

A rail access deal between Fortescue Metals Group and Atlas Iron appears to be firming in what looms as a determining year for Australia's iron ore sector.

Atlas executives have left analysts with the impression that a deal to transport its iron ore on Fortescue's railway line will be struck within three months.

That timeline coincides with the schedule that Fortescue has outlined for the sale of a minority stake in its rail and port assets.

While Atlas will not be a buyer of that $2 billion to $3 billion stake, a sale to an infrastructure company or pension fund looks likely to facilitate an arrangement where another miner uses Fortescue's railway.

Coalition fails on rail plans

Posted Sunday, 24 March, 2013 by railblogger in Victorian Rail News

A key election promise to ''ensure that the provision of rail services keeps pace with the development of new housing estates'' has been broken by the state government. Other Coalition promises to ''push for high-speed rail'' on the east coast and to report publicly on the cost of bringing all public transport assets up to 21st-century standards have also not been met. In November 2010, then Coalition leader Ted Baillieu promised to ensure new housing estates had access to a train service. ''Under John Brumby, rail services have lagged behind the development of new estates by up to 30 years, leaving residents in areas like Rowville and Doncaster stranded and forced to rely on bus services,'' he said.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 23/3/2013

Posted Sunday, 24 March, 2013 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 121 sightings for this week. This is three sighting more than last week, making a total of 1359 sightings for this year to date. On day 82 last year we had recorded 1349 sightings. This is ten sightings up on the same time last year.

Train derailment 70km west of Townsville spills 21 carriages worth of zinc concentrate

Posted Monday, 25 March, 2013 by fabricator in Queensland Rail News

A Queensland Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said the train derailed about 8.15am Sunday, 70km west of Townsville near the Flinders Highway. The train was carrying zinc concentrate and 21 carriages have tipped over.

New stations, longer trains tipped for Melbourne rail

Posted Tuesday, 26 March, 2013 by railblogger in Victorian Rail News

Melbourne will have to move towards high capacity, nine-carriage trains carrying 1800 people and build new train stations in growth areas to meet expected demand in coming years, Metro boss Andrew Lezala predicts. Mr Lezala said on Tuesday morning that if Melbourne was to remain prosperous, the number of people using trains would need to grow from about 10 per cent to 40 to 50 per cent of journeys. He said the proposed Metro rail tunnel would need to be first of "16 underground lines in this city in 100 years". Mr Lezala said a decline in train use in the past 12 months was a blip, and Melbourne train patronage would surge in line with population growth. He said train use would grow, because it had to for Melbourne to remain prosperous. Mr Lezala said in the next 10 years there would need to be new stations.

Airport needs a rail link to stay on track

Posted Tuesday, 26 March, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

I AM sure that like me you are sick to death at the shenanigans in Canberra involving our elected Government. If any of us conducted our family affairs in a similar way, the family would splinter. If we ran a business like that it would fail. So I want to use this column to think aloud about how to solve an increasing problem in Victoria: getting to Melbourne Airport without increasingly costly and time-consuming delays. How often have we heard calls from travellers and industry for the state government to build a railway to the airport?

Coalition fails on rail plans

Posted Wednesday, 27 March, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A key election promise to ''ensure that the provision of rail services keeps pace with the development of new housing estates'' has been broken by the state government.

Other Coalition promises to ''push for high-speed rail'' on the east coast and to report publicly on the cost of bringing all public transport assets up to 21st-century standards have also not been met.

In November 2010, then Coalition leader Ted Baillieu promised to ensure new housing estates had access to a train service.

Movement at station

Posted Wednesday, 27 March, 2013 by Speed in Victorian Rail News

Monday's mX talks up Melbourne's new Williams Landing suburban railway station.

$26 million Warragul Rail Project – contract advertised

Posted Wednesday, 27 March, 2013 by Speed in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Transport Minister makes a press-release to announce the Warragul Station redevelopment tender.

Qld Rail agrees to review train brakes: union

Posted Wednesday, 27 March, 2013 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) says Queensland Rail has agreed to improve 'wheel adhesion' on the type of commuter train involved in an accident on Brisbane's bayside.

A report released earlier this month found "wheel slide" was the likely cause of an accident that saw a train plough into Cleveland Station in January.

RTBU spokesman Owen Doogan says Queensland Rail (QR) has belatedly agreed to fit a braking solution to the type of train involved in the incident.

Bus services to Williams Landing station 'fall short'

Posted Thursday, 28 March, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Five new bus services into the Williams Landing railway station may do little to relieve the traffic choking Melbourne's western suburbs because buses will not meet every train, according to public transport advocates.

Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder announced the new Williams Landing station, on the Werribee line, would open on April 28, and that five new bus routes would service the station.

Three of the routes will be new services to Point Cook South and Saltwater Coast and the other two will be established routes with some changes.

Melton rail line revamp planned

Posted Thursday, 28 March, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

DUPLICATION and electrification of Melton's railway line form part of Public Transport Victoria's blueprint plan for expanding metropolitan rail networks. According to The Network Development Plan - Metropolitan Rail, Caroline Springs will also have an operating train station by 2016. PTV Chief Executive Ian Dobbs said the plan included a program of operational changes, track duplications and extensions, new trains and stations, high capacity signalling, and new stabling and maintenance facilities.

Fremantle rail line, Perth Underground Station closed for Easter

Posted Thursday, 28 March, 2013 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

CITY train services will be disrupted over the Easter weekend, with the Fremantle line and Perth Underground Station shut. The Fremantle line will be closed from 8pm today (Thursday) with operations returning to normal from the start of services on Tuesday, April 2.  The closure is in place so the Town of Claremont can upgrade one of its underpasses. Work will also be taking place on the Perth City Link project and replacement buses will be running the length of the Fremantle line.

Gladys finally agrees to talk but light rail still weighs heavy on resident groups

Posted Thursday, 28 March, 2013 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

FOUR months after unveiling the light rail project, Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian has agreed to address the Surry Hills community in a forum organised by Sydney Council. Facing criticism over the State Government's lack of consultation for the contentious Devonshire St route, Ms Berejiklian also met four representatives from action group People Unite Surry Hills (PUSH) last week.

Major rail projects expected in 20 years

Posted Thursday, 28 March, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

An inner metropolitan rail tunnel is the linchpin for Melbourne’s rail growth and without it other network expansions would be impossible, the state’s public transport chief says.

Public Transport Victoria’s chief executive officer, Ian Dobbs, released a plan for a metro-style rail network on Wednesday.

Trains cancelled and two Melbourne rail lines closed after trees brought down

Posted Friday, 29 March, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

STRONG winds have hurled trees onto three sections of Melbourne's rail network, cancelling trains as the city prepares for peak hour. Footy fans heading to [url=http://www.heraldsun.com.au/afl/more-news/carlton-vs-richmond-10-things-youll-see-tonight/story-e6frf9jf-1226608419570]the MCG tonight[/url] are bracing for traffic chaos following the[url=http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/two-believed-to-have-been-killed-after-horror-wall-collapse-north-of-the-city/story-e6frf7jo-1226608527522] city wall collapse[/url], which has closed Swanston St between [url=http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Swanston+st+and+victoria+st,+melbourne&hl=en&sll=-37.806692,144.962791&sspn=0.007248,0.016512&hnear=Victoria+St+%26+Swanston+St,+Melbourne+Victoria+3000,+Australia&t=m&z=17]Victoria and Grattan[/url] streets. Trams have also been cut off along the route while police investigate. Buses have been sent to replace trains between Berwick and Pakenham stations each way on the Pakenham line due to signal faults, Metro says. Trains between Burnley and Glen Waverley are delayed by about 15 minutes after a tree was cleared from overhead wires at Gardiner earlier. Another tree that fell onto powerlines at Elsternwick has been cleared and Sandringham trains have resumed

Sydney trains still too late

Posted Friday, 29 March, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

[left]RAIL commuters are paying more for travel on Sydney trains that are running unacceptably late, the state opposition says.[/left] [left]In a statement, Labor transport spokeswoman Penny Sharpe said CityRail figures for February showed five train lines missed the "basic on-time running benchmark". Between nine and 18 per cent of trains on the Blue Mountains, Western, Newcastle, South Coast, and North Shore lines ran late in February.[/left] [left]"These figures confirm commuters are being forced to wait for late and overdue trains more often under the O'Farrell government," Ms Sharpe said.[/left]

Vic unveils $30 billion rail plan

Posted Friday, 29 March, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Victoria's public transport managing body says a $30 billion plan to upgrade Melbourne's metro rail network is the most comprehensive in more than 40 years. Public Transport Victoria says the blueprint, revealed today, is set to move an extra 50,000 people during peak times within 10 years and an extra 130,000 within 20 years.

Partners rethink Pilbara rail

Posted Friday, 29 March, 2013 by newsbot in Western Australian Rail News

COMPANIES that have jointly proposed a new railway in the resource-rich Pilbara are poised to firm up their plans for the project by June, according to Brockman Mining.

From Homebush to Rhodes, without the 12km round trip

Posted Saturday, 30 March, 2013 by stefowefo in Other Transport News

A new $43 million bridge will be built across Homebush Bay to connect Rhodes to Wentworth Point. The NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure has approved construction of the 300-metre concrete bridge to provide residents with easier access to public transport and other amenities.

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