Showing stories from July 2010

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Plans on track for Gold Coast light rail

Posted Sunday, 4 July, 2010 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

The first contract for a billion-dollar light rail system on Queensland's Gold Coast has been awarded.

Leighton Contractors will build the Gold Coast University Hospital Station Shell and carry out associated roadworks in Southport, worth approximately $33 million.

This first major package includes construction of the floor, roof and walls that will support the future light-rail station structure, Transport Minister Rachel Nolan said in a statement.

Rail transport chaos in Paris after lightning strike

Posted Sunday, 4 July, 2010 by bevans in International Rail News

TRANSPORT chaos hit Paris at the start of the French holiday season today after all trains from one of the city's main stations were canceled after lightning cut power supplies.

France's state rail network SNCF said trains from the city's Austerlitz station, which provides services to the country's south and east as well as Spain, "will be canceled for the entire day."

Arriving trains were re-routed to other Parisian stations. The SNCF did not say how many passengers were hit by the suspension.

Hundreds were stuck in Austerlitz but some were philosophical.

Massive funds injection into German Railways

Posted Monday, 5 July, 2010 by seb2351 in International Rail News

A record $51 billion dollars is to be pumped into the German rail network, with funds being directed from modernising stations to the acquisition of new rollingstock

NSW transport projects need a jump-start

Posted Monday, 5 July, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

NONE of the Sydney transport projects for which NSW is seeking federal funding has been judged ''ready to proceed'' by Infrastructure Australia, including the state government's big-ticket promise to build the $2.4 billion south-west rail link.

The latest report to the Council of Australian Governments by the federal funding body will also dash the hopes of Sydney motorists. While it classifies the $4 billion M5 east expansion as a project with ''real potential'', it indicates more work is required before funding is considered.

Only one NSW project - a $6 billion plan to upgrade the Pacific Highway - has received the tick of approval from the federal government's infrastructure funding body.

150th anniversary of first Market St. rail line in San Francisco

Posted Monday, 5 July, 2010 by bevans in International Rail News

The Fourth of July is famous for other reasons, but today also is the 150th anniversary of the first run of the first street railway on the Pacific Coast - a two-car steam train that ran up San Francisco's Market Street.

$2b Galilee Basin rail project approved

Posted Monday, 5 July, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Queensland's coordinator-general has approved a $2 billion major rail corridor in the state's central-west to open up mining projects in the Galilee Basin.

The Hancock rail corridor has been approved as an infrastructure facility of significance.

Hancock Coal wants to run a 495-kilometre standard gauge railway line from its proposed Alpha Coal mine to the port of Abbot Point, north of Mackay.

Rail meetings this week

Posted Monday, 5 July, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE five councils of Blayney, Cowra, Harden, Young and Weddin have been advised that the Ministerial Taskforce to examine the reopening of the rail line will hold its first meeting at Cowra on Thursday 8 July 2010.

South-west cattle train service reopens

Posted Tuesday, 6 July, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The first cattle train service in more than a year has left the south-west Queensland town of Quilpie, but there are still concerns about the State Government's plans for rail services to the bush.

The line west of Charleville was washed away by flooding earlier this year and it has taken three months to repair.

Quilpie Mayor David Edwards is hoping the resumption of train services is a good sign.

Federal investigations into Scone's coal train woes

Posted Tuesday, 6 July, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The Upper Hunter Shire Council says it believes Federal Government officials now understand the problems posed by coal train movements through Scone.

Representatives from the Department of Transport and Infrastructure and the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) have visited the town, after a request was made during senate estimates hearings.

Nightrider bus service cancelled

Posted Tuesday, 6 July, 2010 by bevans in Other Transport News

Bendigo's Nightrider bus service has collapsed due to a lack of consistent funding.

For the past three years, the bus has operated in the early hours of Sunday morning, ferrying nightclub patrons home.

In a recent deal licensed venues agreed to contribute to the operating costs, with the Greater Bendigo Council paying for half of the service.

But Sue Clarke, chair of the Safe Community Forum, says some of those venues have now reneged on the deal.

Work to start on $2bn pulp plant

Posted Tuesday, 6 July, 2010 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

A REVITALISED $2 billion Penola pulp mill project will be one of the biggest infrastructure investments in South Australian history, creating 260 jobs and adding more than $500 million to the economy a year.

The project is back on track under the guidance of high-profile Adelaide businessman Greg Boulton and construction could start as early as the middle of next year.

Return of V/Line rail services to Maryborough

Posted Tuesday, 6 July, 2010 by jslasher in Victorian Rail News

The Victoria Government has announced that rail services would be re-introduced on Sunday, 25 July 2010.

Rail approval opens up Mine

Posted Tuesday, 6 July, 2010 by freightgate in Queensland Rail News

THE Coordinator General has approved the proposed Hancock rail corridor — an essential milestone towards an Alpha Coal Mine, which could directly create up to 1600 jobs.

Making the announcement, Premier Anna Bligh said the corridor had been approved as an Infrastructure Facility of Significance (IFS) under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971.

Tourists saved from Sydney bus inferno

Posted Wednesday, 7 July, 2010 by Speed in Other Transport News

A tourist bus caught alight on Tuesday night while travelling along Sydney's Gore Hill freeway.

Derailment closed Pilbara line: BHP

Posted Wednesday, 7 July, 2010 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

BHP Billiton has confirmed its main Pilbara train line was closed over the weekend because of a derailment.

Major power disruption causes train delay chaos in Melbourne

Posted Wednesday, 7 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Metro trains are in damage control this evening with a major power blackout affecting trains in the Flinders Street area. Railpage has been advised a number of Metro trains are stopped and unable to move in the Jolimont area.

Valley minds the gap on tube route (Brisbane Metro)

Posted Thursday, 8 July, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Rail commuters could discover next month where Brisbane's proposed underground tube-style train network will run, but Fortitude Valley businesses fear they will miss out.

Cross River Rail project director Luke Franzmann yesterday told a Fortitude Valley Chamber of Commerce lunch a decision on which of three short-listed options would be made soon.

High hopes for rail outcomes in ministerial meeting

Posted Thursday, 8 July, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

There are high hopes for today's first meeting of a new ministerial taskforce after a 15-year campaign to keep rail lines open in the New South Wales central west.

The Blayney, Cowra, Harden, Young and Weddin Shires have been working intensively for the past two years to try to get the line between Blayney and Harden upgraded and fully re-opened.

Councillor Maurice Simpson will represent the group at today's meeting.

Bad timing for QR asset sell-off: Opposition

Posted Thursday, 8 July, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The Opposition says timing is another reason for the State Government to call off this year's planned float of Queensland Rail's (QR) coal business.

The head of the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) says the asset should be privatised but that the market is deteriorating.

Australian Rail Track Corp To Take Equity In Queensland Rail Group

Posted Thursday, 8 July, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

CANBERRA -(Dow Jones)- Federal government-owned Australian Rail Track Corp. will join 13 mining companies and take up an equity interest in Queensland Coal Industry Rail Group, the corporation said Thursday.

Rail Track Corp. will become a party to a subscription agreement with the other members of the consortium, it announced in a brief statement. A spokesman said further information isn't available at this point.

Underground train stations in Brisbane to cost $100m each

Posted Friday, 9 July, 2010 by Peter_J in Queensland Rail News

FOUR underground train stations planned for Brisbane's inner city will carry a price tag of more than $100 million each.

Rail line reopens after fatal crossing accident

Posted Friday, 9 July, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A rail line in Queensland's Central Highlands has reopened after a fatal accident yesterday morning.

A 28-year-old man was killed and a 24-year-old man received serious head and chest injuries after their four-wheel-drive collided with a coal train near Moranbah, south-west of Mackay.

Back to the original problem - finding a way through Sydney's rail congestion

Posted Friday, 9 July, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

It's almost a tale of two cities. The state government has shelving its proposed metro projects but Infrastructure Australia is keeping the door ajar for the western metro to proceed, along with a private proposal for a railway line linking the city's north-west with the CBD.

Papers tabled in the NSW Parliament this week made it crystal clear that the CBD Metro, or its most recent transfiguration, Metro stage one - to run from Central to Rozelle and costing $5.3 billion - was a lemon.

Fraser tight-lipped over Qld Rail sale timing

Posted Sunday, 11 July, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Treasurer Andrew Fraser says the State Government will wait until the last moment in deciding when to float Queensland Rail's (QR) coal freight business.

Mr Fraser has acknowledged warnings the current market for public floats is not good.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 11/7/2010.

Posted Sunday, 11 July, 2010 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 107 sightings for this week. This is two sighting more than last week, making a total of 2607 sightings for this year to date. On day 191 last year we had recorded 2208 sightings. This is 399 sightings up on the same time last year.

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