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Northbourne Avenue to be dug up for construction of city's light rail

Posted Friday, 12 July, 2013 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

The construction of the first stage of the Capital Metro light rail network will require all of the road surface on Northbourne Avenue to be dug up and replaced. The project would also require the installation of new electricity substations every 2 kilometres along the 12-kilometre route from Civic to Hibberson Street in Gungahlin. A report by consultants URS Australia prepared for the ACT government in April 2012 assessed options for the installation of light rail or rapid bus transport along the city to Gungahlin corridor. The government decided to proceed with the construction of a light rail system along Northbourne Avenue, onto Flemington Road to Hibberson Street. The report said the construction of light rail infrastructure in the Northbourne Avenue median strip would require the entire road to be excavated.

Queensland Rail shells out average $779 a day for cabs for stranded commuters

Posted Friday, 12 July, 2013 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

THOUSANDS of rail commuters given free cab rides to continue their journey has cost taxpayers an average of $779 a day. Queensland Rail paid taxi companies $285,000 last year to get commuters to where they needed to go after 2500 trains were cancelled. The single biggest cab fare paid by Queensland Rail was a $400 trip from Varsity Lakes on the Gold Coast to Brisbane Airport during a major network disruption on October 22. The figure was up nearly 40 per cent on the previous year, but Queensland Rail say a concerted efficiency drive has slashed the spending on cabs to $77,538 in the first six months of this year.

The heart of Sydney': plan to redevelop three-kilometre rail corridor

Posted Friday, 12 July, 2013 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

The rail corridor between Central and Eveleigh will be built into high rises and the space over rail lines will be developed as the state government calls for global investment to create a "new heart" for Sydney. Planning Minister Brad Hazzard said the government would call for expressions of interest from around the world for the project that would develop up to one million square metres of space and create thousands of new jobs and homes.

Risks of One-Man Rail Crews Debated in Wake of Disaster

Posted Friday, 12 July, 2013 by JimYarin in International Rail News

The train hauling millions of gallons of crude oil that slammed into a Canadian town got there with a crew of one -- staffing permitted by law though opposed by labor leaders who’ve warned of the risks. The union representing workers at [url=http://topics.bloomberg.com/montreal/]Montreal[/url] Maine & Atlantic Railway Ltd. fought the company policy that allowed a solo operator to drive and park the train for the night and says the disaster points to the dangers of manpower cuts.

French Train Derails, Killing 7

Posted Saturday, 13 July, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

At least seven people were killed and dozens more injured today when a packed passenger train carrying nearly 400 people derailed and careened into a station outside Paris, authorities said. Officials did not say whether the deaths were among those only aboard the train or on the platform at Bretigny-sur-Orge station. Images of the scene show the train nearly severed in half, the station's metal roof caved in, and gnarled metal and debris strewn across the site.

Transport companies suck $2.6 billion

Posted Saturday, 13 July, 2013 by railblogger in Victorian Rail News

Victorians paid more than $2.6 billion last financial year in subsidies to the state's public transport operators, less than a quarter of which made its way back into the public purse through fares. And the multibillion-dollar bill to taxpayers - already more than $10 billion - is forecast to grow in coming years, defying the predictions of those who spearheaded the system's privatisation 15 years ago. Victoria's public transport system was privatised in 1999. Then premier Jeff Kennett predicted at the time that subsidies would steadily fall to the extent that public transport would eventually generate revenue for the state - $18.5 million a year ($28.05 million in 2013 dollars) by 2013-14, he said.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 13/7/2013.

Posted Sunday, 14 July, 2013 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

[size=3][color=#000000][font=Times New Roman]Gheringhap Sightings w/e 13/7/2013.[/font][/color][/size] [color=#000000][size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size][/color] [size=3][color=#000000][font=Times New Roman]There were 143 sightings for this week. This is three sighting les last week, making a total of 3307 sightings for this year to date. On day 194 last year we had recorded 3243 sightings. This is 64 sightings up on the same time last year.[/font][/color][/size]

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 13/7/2013

Posted Sunday, 14 July, 2013 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 143 sightings for this week. This is three sighting less last week, making a total of 3307 sightings for this year to date. On day 194 last year we had recorded 3243 sightings. This is 64 sightings up on the same time last year.

Metro rip-off sees 100,000 commuters missing out of ticket compensation each month

Posted Monday, 15 July, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

UP to 100,000 rail commuters a month are missing out on compensation when Metro trains fail to meet performance targets. Hundreds of thousands of commuters are not being reimbursed for millions of dollars' worth of tickets because they are unaware of their entitlements or do not want the hassle of going through the complicated claims system. With Metro trains failing over a total of 21 months since the operator took control in late 2009, a zone one passenger could have missed out on about $135 worth of ticket credits. A commuter from zone two to the city could have been shortchanged about $200. Critics have slammed the compensation system as a convoluted public relations stunt.

Cressy Railway Centenary

Posted Monday, 15 July, 2013 by bevans in Rail Events

The Official Opening of the Gheringhap – Cressy – Maroona Railway took place at Lismore on 8th August 1913. It was an important development for Geelong, the western plains, grain growers in the Wimmera and the Victorian Railways. The railway had been constructed over a three year period. Goods and passengers were carried on sections of the railway as they were constructed, but it was in August 1913 that construction was completed and the full line available for public services. The centenary of the Opening will be celebrated in August 2013. This Society initiated celebrations in June 2007 to mark the 150th anniversary of the railway between Geelong and Melbourne and in April 2012 for the Geelong & Ballarat Railway 150th. Community organisations, individuals, local and state government and rail businesses are encouraged to participate in displays and events to celebrate the occasions.

West Footscray Station footpath changes from Sunday, 21 July 2013

Posted Monday, 15 July, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

On Sunday 21 July, footpath access to West Footscray Station, underneath Geelong Road, will be closed between 6am and 10pm. The footbridge over the railway line will remain open and access to the station will still be available from Cross Street and the Sunshine Road car park (via a temporary ramp). Access across the railway corridor is also available at Victoria Street, and Middle Footscray and Seddon railway stations remain open.

Bridge collapse sends cane train into creek

Posted Monday, 15 July, 2013 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A sugar mill in far north Queensland has defended the condition of its rail lines, after a cane train plummeted into a creek yesterday. The 40-tonne locomotive was going across an old wooden bridge which gave way, sending the train into a creek at Gordonvale, south of Cairns. Police say the bridge was about 150 years old.

Union concerns over future rail job losses

Posted Tuesday, 16 July, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union says more than 600 rail manufacturing jobs could be lost in the Hunter if the industry is not given assurances for the future. The union says U-G-L's work on the OSCAR project and Downer EDI's Waratah trains contract is nearing completion. The state government has not issued any new contracts for train carriages despite announcing last year the proposed North-West and South-West rail links.

Footy fans pass rail closure test

Posted Tuesday, 16 July, 2013 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

The Public Transport Authority shouted the message loud and clear, and the people of Perth listened. The first test of the biggest rail shutdown in Transperth's history came yesterday as more than 39,000 football fans descended on Patersons Stadium for the West Coast and Fremantle derby. After the game, an extra 116 buses took fans to Perth, Claisebrook and Fremantle. Within minutes of the final siren, the queues for these buses were more than 100m long, but moving quickly. In the hours leading up to the game it seemed most fans had planned ahead, with many praising Transperth for its handling of the shutdown and the public awareness campaign. Subiaco and Leederville were buzzing as people arrived with hours to spare.

Rail line washout

Posted Tuesday, 16 July, 2013 by bevans in New Zealand Rail News

[color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]KiwiRail staff and contractors have been battling snow, hail, sleet and rain as they work to restore a section of rail line washed out at Ormondville.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The land under the rail track just north of the historic Ormondville viaduct began to subside early on Sunday morning as a result of four days of continual rain, a KiwiRail spokesperson told Hawke's Bay Today.[/font][/size][/color]

No word yet on light rail extension

Posted Tuesday, 16 July, 2013 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

The CEO of the Gold Coast light rail project says he expects to know more within months about the possibility of extending the line and linking it to heavy rail. Phil Mumford says the Queensland Government and the city council are working on a concept study that could determine the route for stage two. He says early results are expected towards the end of this year.

'Sick' French rail system blamed for fatal crash

Posted Tuesday, 16 July, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

FRANCE'S national rail company, SNCF, came under attack yesterday for running a "sick" network after a loose piece of metal was blamed for the country's worst train crash in a quarter of a century. Rail stations throughout the country observed a minute of silence for the six people killed when a crowded passenger train from Paris to Limoges came off the tracks as it went through a station 25km south of the capital on Saturday (AEST). Dozens of passengers among the 385 people on board were hurt, nine seriously. A crane was deployed at the crash site yesterday to lift overturned carriages amid concern that other victims might be inside. A senior SNCF official said the crash happened after a metal bar that linked two rails in the points near the station had become disconnected. This had prevented "the normal passage of the wheels of the train". [b]The inter-city train, not one of France's high-speed TGV services[/b], veered off the track at 140km/h as it entered Bretigny-sur-Orge station, where it was not scheduled to stop. Carriages smashed into each other, some were overturned and one crashed on to the platform.

Save Our Rail yesterday determined to keep on track to ensure Newcastle and the Hunter

Posted Tuesday, 16 July, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Save Our Rail yesterday determined to keep on track to ensure Newcastle and the Hunter benefit from any funding decisions with the best possible transport outcome. The Minister for transport in her ABC interview last Friday said she “couldn’t wait to get down and dirty in the planning” for Newcastle and also indicated that no feasibility study had been undertaken for the light rail suggested in the budget. When asked about a Wickham truncation Gladys Berejiklian was non-committal as to the location of an interchange/ terminus.

Rail body backs station at airport

Posted Tuesday, 16 July, 2013 by bevans in Rail News

Australia's peak rail body has strongly supported Canberra Airport's claim to host the high-speed rail station. Building the station at the airport would save $700 million by removing the need to build a long tunnel under Mount Ainslie, the Australasian Railway Association says in its response to the phase II study into high-speed rail in Australia. It says overseas experience shows the importance of locating stations to link with existing transport modes. It also predicts the take-up by passengers on the Canberra-Sydney line will be greater than forecast by the government study. ''Between Paris and Brussels, for example, HSR [high speed rail] has completely replaced air travel,'' it says.

Ballarat rail station plans up for debate

Posted Tuesday, 16 July, 2013 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Ideas for the future development of the Ballarat railway station will be discussed at two public workshops today. The Victorian Government and the council have contributed funds to develop and implement the Ballarat Station Master Plan.

Hope for answers to long-running coal train dust concerns

Posted Tuesday, 16 July, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

As the State's Chief Scientist looks at flaws in a recent report on Hunter dust emissions, a local epidemiologist says he hopes a new study will clear the air on the real impacts of coal trains in the region. [url=https://www.facebook.com/CoalTerminalActionGroup]Newcastle's Coal Terminal Action Group[/url] says it is about time the community had definitive answers.

New York City man fatally electrocuted by 'third rail' as he jumps onto subway tracks

Posted Tuesday, 16 July, 2013 by bevans in International Rail News

A man waiting for a New York City subway lost his cell phone on the tracks Monday afternoon and then lost his life trying to get it back. The straphanger was reportedly waiting for a train at Manhattan's Christopher Street stop when he dropped his phone and jumped down onto the tracks to retrieve it. When the man made contact with the electrified 'third rail' he was killed.

Government dithers on Northern Rivers rail decision

Posted Wednesday, 17 July, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

NORTHERN Rivers residents are tired of waiting for the NSW Government to make a decision about the Casino to Murwillumbah railway line. In April the government released The Casino to Murwillumbah Transport Study assessing the viability of returning trains to the Northern Rivers. As a result, transport project director Tim Poole and the State Government had intended to "consider the findings" and "finalise the Northern Rivers Regional Transport Plan" sometime this year.

Federal funds for link at risk

Posted Wednesday, 17 July, 2013 by bevans in Other Transport News

The Napthine government left out crucial information about the east-west link when it submitted its business case to Infrastructure Australia last month, prompting the federal authority to seek more details. The lack of detail about the $6 billion to $8 billion toll road's economic credentials risks stymying the project if the federal Labor government is re-elected. On Tuesday, Premier Denis Napthine used his government's release of detailed designs on where the six-kilometre road will run to make a direct pitch to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. He said the case for the road was now undeniable and called on Mr Rudd to match Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's promise to put in $1.5 billion.

Solution for rail is go underground

Posted Wednesday, 17 July, 2013 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

WITH approximately $420 million on offer for the light rail proposal has anyone stopped to think that there is enough money to put the track underground from the other side of Wickham to Newcastle Station?

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