Showing stories from July 2008

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Surge in passenger demand prompts call for Airport rail link

Posted Tuesday, 22 July, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

MELBOURNE has moved closer to building an airport-city rail link as the number of people using Tullamarine soars.

Premier John Brumby gave his strongest signal yesterday he would back the move if Melbourne airport patronage continued to soar.

"There is no doubt that if the airport grows and Melbourne grows in the longer term this issue will come back on the agenda," he said.

Melburnians want a better rail system

Posted Tuesday, 22 July, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

It is essential and possible to meet growing transport needs.

THE Federal Government has given the travelling public and State Government infrastructure planners just five years to

adapt before a carbon price for transport kicks in fully. So infrastructure decisions to mitigate climate change must be made now.

Extra clearways and bus stops may stay

Posted Wednesday, 23 July, 2008 by markcurtis in Other Transport News

THE [NSW] State Government will consider keeping the extra bus lanes, bus stops and peak-hour clearways introduced for World Youth Day to tackle the city's worsening traffic congestion.

$2bn Buckland Park development will have 'no public transport'

Posted Wednesday, 23 July, 2008 by markcurtis in South Australian Rail News

THE planned $2 billion Buckland Park (SA) development is likely to be approved without basic public transport infrastructure, the Greens claim.

Perth drivers dicing with death

Posted Wednesday, 23 July, 2008 by markcurtis in Western Australian Rail News

The Public Transport Authority is warning Perth motorists to stop dicing with death at railway level crossings.

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The comprehensive, in depth research behind Sir Rods report...

Posted Wednesday, 23 July, 2008 by The Vinelander in Victorian Rail News

Sir Rod Eddington's report on Melbourne's inner city transport links has been hailed in most quarters, however all may not be quite as it seems.
The Age 'Diary' article of 23 July below tells all, and maybe it's just as well Sir Rod wasn't paid squillions from the Victorian Government.

Mike, in very, very wet Georgetown Nth Qld.

[ABC] Vic Govt lobbied for better regional public transport

Posted Wednesday, 23 July, 2008 by funloving266 in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability is calling on the Victorian Government to plough more money into regional public transport.

Doctor Ian McPhail has completed a report which urges the Government to place a higher priority on public transport in the state.

Iemma backs Newcastle option

Posted Wednesday, 23 July, 2008 by markcurtis in Other Transport News

THE construction of a second international airport at Newcastle's Williamtown air base would boost the region's steel and tourism industries and mean improved road and rail infrastructure, the Premier, Morris Iemma, said yesterday.

State owned rail least preferred option: Minister

Posted Friday, 25 July, 2008 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

Tasmania's Infrastructure Minister says a State Government takeover of the rail network is the least preferred option now that Pacific National has decided to cease operations.

Pacific National, which transports freight containers across the state, has its rolling stock on the market.

Road wins but rail left out in latest ATC meeting

Posted Friday, 25 July, 2008 by bevans in Rail News

The rail industry has missed out in the latest Australian Transport Council (ATC) meeting, after the announcement work will not begin on a single rail safety regulator and investigator until next year.

Despite Australia’s transport ministers agreeing to send a number of road transport reforms to the Council of Australian Governments (CoAG) for support, the ATC merely agreed to "progress work" on the rail issue.

Truck drivers already assisted by fuel levies: Albanese

Posted Saturday, 26 July, 2008 by luznug in Other Transport News

Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese has stopped short of supporting a push by truck drivers for a national fuel levy.

Eddington: visionary and plodder

Posted Saturday, 26 July, 2008 by luznug in Victorian Rail News

NOW that submissions to the Eddington report into east-west travel needs have closed, the Brumby Government must decide its response.

Eddington proposes billions of dollars of investment in what is trumpeted as an integrated package of major transport infrastructure projects - take away one component, and the plan collapses.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 26/7/2008

Posted Monday, 28 July, 2008 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 102 sightings for this week, which is the same number of sightings for four weeks in a row, making a total of 2979* sightings for this year to date. On day 208 last year we had seen 3182 sightings.
We have seen only one train on the B/G again this week, on Friday 9140 was diverted this way with XR554+XR558+G527(PN)+X39 and 37 wagons.

Truckie strike a fizzer: TWU

Posted Monday, 28 July, 2008 by bevans in Other Transport News

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) has described a strike organised by some truck drivers as a fizzer.

The National Road Transport Forum and the Australian Long Distance Owners and Drivers Association voted to hold a two-week nationwide strike, because of anger about rising fuel costs, registration fees and low wages.

Queensland Rail May Need to Double A$3.75 Billion Spending Plan

Posted Monday, 28 July, 2008 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

July 28 (Bloomberg) -- Queensland Rail, Australia's largest coal transporter, said it may need to double a A$3.75 billion ($3.6 billion) spending plan for trains and new railroads to meet surging demand from mining companies.

``I would expect that some of those projects that we are talking about will more than double those kinds of numbers,'' Queensland Rail Chief Executive Officer Lance Hockridge said today in Brisbane, the Australian state's capital.

Cross-city rail tunnel likely

Posted Monday, 28 July, 2008 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

PREMIER John Brumby has given his strongest indication yet that the Government will build a multibillion-dollar rail tunnel to tackle Melbourne's public transport congestion crisis.

Mr Brumby told The Age several train lines were already at full capacity, and the rail tunnel from Sunshine to Caulfield proposed by transport adviser Sir Rod Eddington was "obviously about increasing capacity".

Asked if he was attracted to Sir Rod's call for "a generational leap forward in Melbourne's rail capacity" and the creation of a Paris-style "metro" underground rail network, Mr Brumby said: "I am categorically in the business of making the right decisions now to secure the long-term future of the state."

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