There were 106 sightings for the week which is 14 more than last week. Making a total for the year to date at 3853* sightings (* One weekssightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 281 last year was 4892).
VICTORIA'S regional fast rail project — already behind time and over budget — has suffered another embarrassing setback after recent testing of new V/Locity trains built for the project found they were too noisy.
An outback mayor fears a re-allocation of Queensland Rail (QR) staff is signalling a reduction in services to the west.
British bus and rail operator National Express Group said overnight it is buying Spanish transport company Alsa in a deal worth STG262 million ($631.71 million), allowing it to expand into continental Europe for the first time.
Privately owned Alsa is the largest coach and bus operator in Spain, controlling a fleet of about 1,400 vehicles. National Express currently carries around one billion passengers a year on its operations in Britain and the United States.
BRAD Webb is as proud as punch and why shouldn't he be?
You would be too if your local company was constructing one of the biggest rail container terminals built in Queensland in a generation.
The $47 million complex for Toll Holdings is rising out of the dust at Stuart and nearing completion - far from the boardroom dramas afflicting Toll and its Pacific National rail joint venture operator Patrick Corp.
THE State Government has denied claims that a noise problem with the new fast rail trains will affect the completion date and final cost of the project.
It has been revealed by a 15-month testing process by Dandenong-based manufacturer Bombardier that the trains, which will run between Bendigo and Melbourne, would be too noisy for passengers.
SYDNEY'S new rail timetable will be "finetuned" after six weeks of operation to further improve train running times, the NSW Government said.
Deputy Premier and Transport Minister, John Watkins, today said the new schedule, introduced on September 4, has delivered an average on-time running result of 94 per cent so far.
Further adjustments would be made to improve the system, Mr Watkins said.
Tuesday, 11 October 2005
BELOVED BLUEBIRDS LEFT OUTSIDE TO ROT
The future for South Australia’s iconic Bluebird’s (Barossa Wine Train) looks dim after the cars were removed from shelter at Islington last week and banished to the open yards where they will be targets to vandalism and weather.
MELBOURNE, Oct 11 Asia Pulse - Efforts to reduce noise levels in trains being built for Victoria's fast-rail project will not delay their rollout, Victorian Premier Steve Bracks says.
The V/Locity trains, being built to travel at 160 kilometres an hour, need corrections to reduce passenger noise levels.
Thirty-eight trains are being built by manufacturing company Bombardier in outer suburban Dandenong, at a cost of $535 million.
THE latest exchange of hostilities between Toll Holdings and its target over Patrick Corporation's continued interest in acquiring FCL Interstate Transport Services provides another insight into the defence strategy that Patrick's Chris Corrigan is developing.
Last month the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission announced its opposition to the proposed acquisition of FCL by Patrick, largely because of its belief that it would increase the ability and incentive of the Pacific National Ltd rail joint venture between Toll and Patrick to raise prices and discriminate against independent freight forwarders.
THE queue of ships waiting to load at the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal near Mackay has been growing again as some producers struggle to meet shipment schedules despite an apparent lack of port or rail constraints on them.
The irony in the situation is sweet, as six months ago it was the coal producers blaming the port for export bottlenecks. Now it is some of these very miners who cannot keep up with demand.
Officers from the State Government's railway security force had made unwarranted citizen's arrests, taken a passenger in a headlock and made an innocent man squat on the ground in handcuffs for 15 minutes, the Ombudsman has found in a damning annual report.
Patrick has signed a $32.5 million "alliance" deal with freight forwarding company FCL in what Toll Holdings described as an "uncommercial and desperate attempt" to frustrate Toll's hostile $4.5 billion takeover offer.
Patrick Corp's action in entering into an alliance with FCL after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission opposed the acquisition of the road and rail freight forwarder arguably breaches one of the conditions of Toll Holdings's $5 billion takeover bid.