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Planning crucial to avoid infrastructure bottlenecks

Posted Tuesday, 27 October, 2009 by bevans in Rail News

Having emerged from the global financial crisis largely unscathed, the Federal Government is being urged to tackle the critical issue of infrastructure spending in Australia.

The Business Council of Australia (BCA) says now is the time to confront the big infrastructure challenges to ease capacity bottlenecks with railways and ports.

Govt asks for changes to $340m freight plan

Posted Tuesday, 27 October, 2009 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

The Federal Government wants the Glenelg Shire to adjust its application for funding to help pay for the introduction of the Green Triangle Freight Action Plan.

The plan will oversee the development and maintenance of the road and rail network in far south-west Victoria, in preparation for the blue gum harvest.

Coal managers welcome rail link commitment

Posted Tuesday, 27 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Central Queensland coal infrastructure managers have welcomed the Queensland Government's commitment to build the Northern Missing Link.

Queensland Rail says it has reached an agreement to build the 69-kilometre rail link, connecting the Bowen Basin coal fields with Abbot Point coal terminal.

Rail plans spark fresh mining concerns

Posted Tuesday, 27 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A group opposed to coal mining at Felton, near Toowoomba in southern Queensland, hopes new rail projects will not sway government thinking when it comes to the approval of coal mines.

A private consortium last week announced it intends to build two major rail links from Toowoomba to Moree and Gladstone to Toowoomba, which would open up the Darling Downs to the port of Gladstone.

Australian Transport & Energy To Build Moree-Toowoomba Rail

Posted Tuesday, 27 October, 2009 by bevans in Rail News

CANBERRA -(Dow Jones)- Privately-held Australian Transport & Energy Corridor Ltd. on Friday announced plans to build a new open access standard gauge railway linking Moree in northern New South Wales and Toowoomba in southern Queensland for about A$900 million.

Swanston bus ban blasted

Posted Tuesday, 27 October, 2009 by Speed in Other Transport News

After a provisional ban was placed on buses using Swanston Street a year ago, the Bus Association is protesting about a permanent ban on tourist buses, especially the Skybus hotel shuttle, entering Swanston Street.

Push for airport to city rail

Posted Tuesday, 27 October, 2009 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

The Property Council of Australia says a light rail system should be constructed to connect central Adelaide to the airport.

The council's recommendations for Adelaide by 2036 also include extending tram routes around the western and eastern ends of Adelaide.

Connex intercoms 'failing'

Posted Wednesday, 28 October, 2009 by Speed in Victorian Rail News

Following a fatality in the Caulfield loop last week, passengers report that the emergency buttons don't always draw a response. The Age queries the government and the RTBU about reliability of emergency buttons / intercoms.

Paralympic swim champ's shock death

Posted Wednesday, 28 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

PARALYMPIAN Alex Harris was killed by a train at Lara yesterday morning, devastating friends and the sporting community.

Harris was struck by a Pacific National Freight train and died at the scene.

Govt splurges on asset sales ads

Posted Wednesday, 28 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The Queensland Government will spend $1.9 million on an "information campaign" about asset sales, countering union advertisements against privatisation.

The Government plans to sell five commercial businesses, but polls have shown many voters are opposed to the plan.

Jetstar engine fire forces passenger evacuation

Posted Wednesday, 28 October, 2009 by bevans in Other Transport News

Budget airline Jetstar will investigate an engine fault after fuel residue sparked a fire on a flight from Brisbane which forced the emergency evacuation of 173 passengers at a regional airport in New South Wales.

Jetstar spokesman Simon Westaway said the aircraft travelling from Brisbane had landed and was stationary at the Newcastle airport terminal, when a ground crew member noticed a fire in one engine.

Councils demand scrapping of CBD Metro

Posted Wednesday, 28 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

MOST of the state's councils have demanded that the Government scrap the CBD Metro and revive the north and south-west rail links as Labor loses support among its own councillors for the line.

Yesterday all but a handful of more than 500 councillors at the NSW Local Government Conference in Tamworth supported a motion by Leichhardt Council to oppose the metro.

Rail journeys gather steam

Posted Thursday, 29 October, 2009 by bevans in Rail News

Jump aboard a train and be part of one of the fastest-growing trends in travel, writes Jane E. Fraser.

Rail travel is on a determined upward curve thanks to new services, faster travel times, improved on-board comforts and environmental benefits.

In Europe in particular, trains are increasingly replacing flights as the preferred method of travel for both business and leisure travellers.

Road funds may be 'too late' for harvest

Posted Thursday, 29 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Glenelg Mayor Geoff White says Federal Government funding for road and rail improvements in the municipality will probably come too late to help with the wheat harvest.

Rudd touts plan for better cities

Posted Thursday, 29 October, 2009 by Speed in Letters to the Editor

The Prime Minister proposes using infrastructure grants to allow Commonwealth intervention in planning decisions.

Lucky escape in level crossing smash

Posted Friday, 30 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

An elderly driver had a lucky escape when his car collided with a train at a level crossing at Preston in Melbourne's north.

The 75-year-old man was taken to hospital suffering minor neck injuries from the crash at the Cramer Street crossing.

Witnesses at the scene said sun glare may have contributed to the crash.

Fast train on track to nowhere: business chamber

Posted Friday, 30 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The Hunter Business Chamber says a fast train link between Newcastle and Sydney is unlikely to get off the ground because it is too costly.

Survey shows most feel safe on buses, trains

Posted Friday, 30 October, 2009 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

Transperth says the results of a customer satisfaction survey show its security initiatives are working.

Train crash probe finds truckie may have missed lights

Posted Friday, 30 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

An investigation into a fatal tilt train collision in far north Queensland has found a truck driver may not have noticed flashing warning lights on a Bruce Highway level crossing.

Two Queensland Rail drivers were killed at a level crossing on the Bruce Highway, south of Cardwell, last November.

Man killed in level crossing crash

Posted Friday, 30 October, 2009 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

An investigation is under way into a crash in the Wheatbelt in which a man was killed when his car and a train collided.

Police say the collision occurred at a level crossing on the Brand Highway about 12:00 (AWST).

Report urges better rail service

Posted Friday, 30 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A new report suggests people commuting between Newcastle and Sydney are being let down by substandard train services.

Document leak reveals rail project blow-out

Posted Friday, 30 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Government has come under fire after leaked Cabinet documents showed a rail project in Sydney's south had blown out by about $6 million.

Minister not fazed by rail clearways cost increase

Posted Friday, 30 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE cost of the State Government's rail clearways program, designed to separate the network into distinct lines and minimise delays across the system, has blown out by more than $800 million, documents reveal.

The documents, obtained by the Opposition under freedom of information legislation, show the total cost of the clearways program is now $1.888 billion, up from the original estimate of $1.018 billion.

$5b metro counting on ghost passengers

Posted Friday, 30 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE State Government agency building Sydney's controversial $5.3 billion City Metro has vastly overestimated the number of people who will use the service, official figures reveal.

The figures, obtained by the Herald from CityRail records, show the Sydney Metro Authority has almost doubled the number of potential passengers who might board the metro at Central.

The revelations come just weeks before three construction teams lodge their bids to build the seven-kilometre line between Central and Rozelle.

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