Peter Debnam's likely election as NSW Opposition Leader today will be followed with keen interest by a Maitland group lobbying to retain the rail line into Newcastle.
Tension between Patrick Corporation and its unwelcome suitor, Toll Holdings, has spilled into the boardroom of their joint venture, Pacific National, with Chris Corrigan calling for a board investigation of a deal between the rail freight company and Toll's Queensland subsidiary.
Transport Minister John Watkins has foreshadowed "teething problems" when Sydney's new train timetable starts today.
As if the irony of slower trains and a reduced level of service being introduced to make Sydney's train network more efficient is not ridiculous enough, now comes the CityRail warning of a future fare increase.
A new railway venture on the Southern Darling Downs is expected to inject $1.5 million into the economy in its first year.
The developer of a proposed inland rail line says he hopes to complete a section between Toowoomba and Gladstone within four years.
The new Cityrail train timetable appears to have passed its first peak hour test with few hiccups in Sydney this morning but the Government faces its biggest hurdle yet, with this afternoon's peak services.
Transport companies Patrick Corp and Toll Holdings continued to throw punches in their takeover fight yesterday as co-operation over their joint-venture national rail operation looked increasingly fragile.
Despite a few teething problems, the new train timetable in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong had got off to an encouraging start, the NSW government said today.
Train travellers from anywhere between Melton and Ararat who normally have trains all the way to Melbourne will face delays for a further 10 weeks according to State Opposition Transport spokesman, Terry Mulder.
ACCC opposes Patrick Corporation Ltd's proposed acquisition of FCL Interstate Transport Services Pty Ltd
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has decided to oppose the proposed acquisition of FCL Interstate Transport Services Pty Ltd by Patrick Corporation Ltd, ACCC Chairman, Mr Graeme Samuel, said today.
A new Rail Safety Bill has been proposed
commence in Victoria in 2006.
This Department of Infrastructure, September 2005, bulletin contains a summary of policy proposals for rail safety regulation in Victoria.
Toll Holdings managing director Paul Little has rejected any notion his $4.6 billion takeover bid for Patrick Corp is on shaky ground, despite the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's rejection of a much smaller deal casting serious doubts on his bid.
Leighton Holdings Limited (LEI) today announced that John Holland Group’s Australian Rail Consortium had been selected as the preferred proponent for one of the subprojects in the Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd (ARTC) Major Works Program. The program involves the upgrade of the Main South Line from Sydney to Melbourne.
The head of a major rail freight company says he is concerned about rising fuel prices despite predictions it may lead to more freight going by train rather than road.
"I'm so excited about the new train timetable," you enthuse with genuine trainspotter's glee.
Catastrophe was narrowly avoided when a semi-trailer collided with a goods train in Stuart last night, forcing it from the tracks. The derailed train stopped just metres short of a live high voltage power transformer.
The Queensland Government will close the Jericho-Blackall-Yaraka railway line at the request of locals who a decade ago fiercely opposed Labor plans to pull up the central-western Queensland spur.
VLP Media Release
12 September 2005
New timetable for Marshall Station
from Monday 26 September 2005
Marshall Station has a new timetable which will see 58 services a week operating to and from Melbourne, V/Line announced today.
General Manager Stakeholder Relations, Ursula McGinnes, said that the second stage of the new station was now complete, resulting in some existing services now starting at Marshall.
A bidder's statement to be released by Toll Holdings as early as today is expected to focus on boss Paul Little's track record of successfully integrating transport acquisitions and slashing costs, as it seeks to persuade Patrick shareholders to accept a hostile cash-and-scrip takeover offer.
Yarra Trams is standing by three ticket inspectors who grappled with a suspected fare evader and dragged him to the ground outside Melbourne University on Tuesday afternoon, arguing it was self-defence.
Approximately 50 people attended this week's transport and logistics forum in Parkes that attracted participants from sea and airfreight councils, the three main NSW ports and the Transport and Logistics Centre.
THE controversial redevelopment of Spencer Street Railway Station has claimed another victim with the appointment of a liquidator to wind up Oak Park Constructions Pty Ltd, which built several bridges on the site.
Rollingstock of the Great South Pacific Express is to be sold to Orient-Express Hotels/Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and moved overseas.
PATRICK Corp chief executive Chris Corrigan has accused joint venture partner Toll Holdings of a conflict of interest over their jointly-owned rail business, Pacific National, where key executives remained on the Toll payroll while negotiating deals with the company.
A new 60 metre long, 300 tonne Sandgroper tunnel boring machine was today installed in Perth to bore an underground link between two railway stations in the city's central business district.
FCL Interstate Transport Services Managing Director, Bill Gibbins, calls on the Federal Government to suspend all spending on Australian rail infrastructure until a policing system can be put in place to detect over-weight wagons
The feud between transport giants Patrick Corp Ltd and Toll Holdings Ltd has spilled into the courts as Patrick sought to resolve a long-running dispute over the pair's rail joint venture Pacific National (PN).
A major breakthrough has been achieved in the Portland Cable Trams Inc. public liability insurance premium crisis following positive advice from the Department of Sustainability and Environment's insurer.
Pacific national have had a serious derailment that occured at 1554 yesterday 20-9 at Warragoon(nsw) nth of Yarrawonga.9392 up Oaklands grain collided with semi trailer on Savanake Rd causing lead loco XR551 and trailing loco G532 to become derailed both locos ending up on there side,early reports have XR551 'written off'. Only 4 wagons of 40 also derailed no injuries to train crew but badly shaken as you can imagine approx 80m of track damaged re railing to start Thu22 pending investigation truck driver esacaped with only back injuries.
Police in London say three of the city's suicide bombers staged a dry run to the capital, just over a week before they blew themselves up on the transport network and killed 52 commuters.
The deaths of two teenage girls in less than a year at railway stations might not have happened if safety standards had been maintained and the program of separating level crossings had not been abandoned in the 1970s to create "savings" to help finance freeways.
Some council projects will be axed as the City of Greater Bendigo foots an unexpected $250,000 bill to repair damaged tram lines.
The Northern Territory Environment Centre says not enough scrutiny has been given to the approval of transporting yellow cake uranium on the Adelaide to Darwin railway line.
Dr Eric Wigglesworth, Monash University, Australia's leading expert on level crossings, told The Age newspaper (24/9/05)that level crossings were virtual museum pieces designed to allow trains to share the city with horse and carts, decades before the motor car was invented.
The Queensland Services Union says a planned trial of 24-hour Citytrain services in Brisbane will fail unless the safety of passengers and rail staff can be guaranteed.
I am the Author of an online petition, their has been a lot of talk, too much talk, so to make matters clear you be the judge.
http://gopetition.com AUSTRALIAN Section Stop Look Listen Don't Put Your Life on the Line.
Auckland rail will receive $66 million for a crucial duplicate track to boost services between New Lynn and Henderson - but faces a nine-month delay before it is ready.
Government funding agency Land Transport New Zealand has added $34.8 million to a preliminary grant of $4.8 million for the project, to which the Auckland Regional Council will also contribute $26.4 million.
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union says Tasmania's rail system is worn out. The union says a lack of funding from governments and other major players has left the state's rail system a long way from national standards.
There are more changes for V/Line travellers between Melbourne and northern central Victoria. Coaches will temporarily replace all trains on the Bendigo-Echuca route from October 6, to allow signal testing and driver training for the fast rail project.
Passengers on NSW regional train services face a rise in ticket prices from November. Fares on CountryLink services will increase by 8 per cent on November 1 and most ticket booking offices will be closed to make the struggling rail service more viable
A huge overhaul of New Zealand's 15-year-old railway communications system and the installation of GPS units in locomotives is set to result in better passenger information, increased fuel efficiency and improved safety for the rail network.
There were 96 sightings for the week which is ten less last week. Making a total for the year to date at 3559* sightings (* One weeks sightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 267 last year was 4686).
Trains have not been allowed to cart pine out of the Fingal Valley and Burnie this month because of a crumbling rail network and locomotive breakdowns. Other rail lines are also in poor repair and have forced companies to turn to road transport, with Hobart zinc producer Zinifex using trucks to cart up to 15 per cent of its product to Bell Bay.
Pacific National will slash its container freight services in Tasmania in a move that unions say could cost up to 160 jobs. Traffic is likely to increase on the Midland Highway too because the company has predicted it will take 2000 extra truck trips a week to replace the rail service.
The Government will not scrap any country rail services but will cut jobs and close ticket offices in changes it says are a last-ditch effort to lure passengers away from cheap airline deals and back on to trains.
Ask almost any resident here what they think about the rail line running along the harbour foreshore and prepare yourself for a lengthy, fervent conversation. Since the NSW Labor government first proposed the closure of the Newcastle rail line in 2003, few other issues have stirred such passionate debate.
A national conference in Tamworth is to be told today tourism remains as a relatively untapped source of revenue and development for Australia's railways.
T'S difficult to know what Chris Corrigan's Patrick Corp hopes to achieve from its legal action against Toll Holdings in relation to their joint-venture rail operation, Pacific National.
Pacific National's (PN) decision to cut and run from the container market in Tasmania is a symptom of a nation-wide under-investment in the rail network, according to the rail lobby. Bryan Nye, the CEO of the Australian Railways Association (ARA), says PN was right to cease services in the state.
The State Government has asked the Federal Government to absorb the Tasmanian rail network to stop it grinding to a halt and choking the State's roads with trucks.
Construction on the $775 million Gladstone to Toowoomba inland rail project is expected to start next year.
It'S difficult to know what Chris Corrigan's Patrick Corp hopes to achieve from its legal action against Toll Holdings in relation to their joint-venture rail operation, Pacific National.
The assets of Pacific National, the rail freight business owned jointly by Patrick and Toll Holdings, could be split between the warring companies in as little as six weeks following court action aimed at sabotaging Toll's hostile takeover bid for Patrick.
There's anger from Australia's rail union over a situation in Tasmania, it says represents a significant failure of privatisation.
AUSTRALIAN Transport & Energy Corridor has invited a range of potential mining sector partners to join its proposed $775 million Toowoomba to Gladstone railway which would open up the coal-rich Surat Basin.