Showing stories from July 2010

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India Concerned Over China Plans for Rail Link to Pakistan

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2010 by bevans in International Rail News

BANGALORE, India—The Indian defense minister has expressed deep concern over new momentum behind a Chinese proposal to build a rail link from China to Pakistan.

The planned line would go through the disputed Gilgit-Baltistan region, part of the Pakistan occupied state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is expected to cover a distance of about 435 miles, traveling through the Karakoram mountain ranges in the Himalayas. The line will give China access to Pakistan. China already has a rail link in Tibet close to the Indian border.

Melbourne rail revamp revealed

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Five new stations - including an underground rail station at North Melbourne's Arden Street - are part of the Brumby government's new $10 billion transport plan.

Premier John Brumby today released the Victorian Transport Plan report for 2010, describing it as a significant milestone for Melbourne’s transport future.

In the biggest expansion of Melbourne's rail network since the City Loop, the $4.5 billion Melbourne Metro rail tunnel will provide capacity for an extra 12,000 passengers every hour.

Opposition may scrap myki, says Baillieu

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu has said he may scrap myki if his party wins government in November.

Today marks five years since the Government signed the contract to deliver myki by March 1, 2007.

It is now three years late and its budget has blown out to $1.35 billion.

Asked this morning if the opposition would scrap myki if it won government, Mr Baillieu said: “We are now looking at our legal options.”

Houses to go for new regional rail link

Posted Monday, 12 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Up to 26 houses will be compulsorily acquired under a $4.3 billion plan to fast-track regional rail services between Melbourne and western Victoria.

Victorian Premier John Brumby released the route for the Regional Rail Link project today, promising commuters between Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo faster and more reliable train services.

Under the plan, regional trains travelling between Southern Cross Station and western Victoria will have their own dedicated line.

Brumby's infrastructure menu

Posted Tuesday, 13 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

JOHN Brumby has presented the Prime Minister with a $7 billion menu for infrastructure spending in Victoria.

He hopes she will green-light funding for rail and road projects in key seats in Melbourne and the inner west.

In a timely reminder to voters about the government's announced transport plan, Mr Brumby yesterday presented a "progress report" on Victoria's rail and road projects just five months from the state election.

It included details on where the $4.3bn regional rail link will go.

Cup win may bring light rail to city

Posted Tuesday, 13 July, 2010 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

Canberra will be a significant beneficiary of a successful Australian soccer World Cup finals bid, which could also help the city get a light rail network.

The Football Federation of Australia believes its bid to host the 2022 World Cup received an enormous boost from the success of Sydney's Fan Fest event, which about 500,000 people attended over the four weeks despite the late kick-off times and cold weather.

The host country will be announced in December.

IBIS World yesterday published research that found holding a World Cup in Australia would inject $35.56billion into the national economy if it was held in 2022.

Brisbane's CBD to get new underground rail station

Posted Wednesday, 14 July, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Premier Anna Bligh says a new underground railway station will be built in Brisbane's CBD.

Albert Street has been chosen as the best site for a new underground railway station in Brisbane's CBD.

It will service a proposed new rail tunnel under the Brisbane River, linking Salisbury in the south to Wooloowin in the north.

Govt defends consultations on transport plan

Posted Wednesday, 14 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The State Government says public servants were scared off by the media yesterday, as they tried to tell residents at Footscray, their homes would be demolished.

Up to 50 homes in Footscray and Sunshine will acquired to make way for the development that is part of the Government's transport plan.

Premier John Brumby has criticised the media for alerting residents first and rejected claims the Department of Transport failed to consult the community.

Rail station vandal hit with drug charge

Posted Wednesday, 14 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Police in Kyneton are expecting to charge a man with criminal damage and drug possession after he allegedly vandalised the town's railway station.

Premier, minister refuse to say sorry for rail-link bungle

Posted Wednesday, 14 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

IT WAS meant to be a pre-election good news story about how Premier John Brumby was taking action to unclog trains and roads in Melbourne's crowed inner-west.

But last night the government was in damage control after its multibillion-dollar transport dream turned into a PR nightmare.

Mr Brumby and Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula were refusing to say ''sorry''to dozens of distressed residents of Footscray who found out from the media their homes would be bulldozed to make way for the $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link.

Central the way to go

Posted Friday, 16 July, 2010 by Peter_J in Queensland Rail News

Station turns card only on July 26

Prepare for grief at the gates of Brisbane's busiest train station in less than two weeks.

MP bore only good news on rail link

Posted Friday, 16 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

NEVER get between a politician and a good news story.

Labor MP for Footscray Marsha Thomson on Monday morning this week had letters hand-delivered to residents of Railway Place, a street in her electorate that had campaigned hard against their homes being demolished for the government's $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link project.

''I am pleased to be able to announce today that the route chosen for the Regional Rail Link will not impact on your neighbourhood,'' wrote Ms Thomson, a state government minister for seven years until 2006.

Rail workers threaten to strike

Posted Friday, 16 July, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

New South Wales train services could be disrupted next month as Railcorp workers push for a bigger pay rise.

The state's rail workers are expected to vote this week in favour of taking industrial action as they campaign for a 5 per cent pay rise over three years, two times the State Government's offer.

Negotiations are continuing but rail employees are losing patience after their enterprise bargaining agreement expired in April

Election year support for cross-river rail

Posted Friday, 16 July, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Brisbane's underground rail project has the support of the federal government, but the opposition wants more details on its cost before committing to the project in the lead-up to the 2010 election.

A spokesman for federal Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese said the government supported the $8.2 billion cross-river rail project.

"That is why we have put $20 million towards the completion of the feasibility study in last year's budget, to try to bring this project up to the next stage," the spokesman said.

Northern rail line back on track

Posted Saturday, 17 July, 2010 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

The Bell Bay rail line in northern Tasmania will reopen in September.

The line between Hobart and Bell Bay closed earlier in the year because two significant customers decided to ship their products out of the Burnie port instead.

Blue Mountains passenger train catches fire

Posted Saturday, 17 July, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Investigations are underway into a passenger train fire in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

State Rail now says 30 people were evacuated from the train after one of its engines overheated and caught fire near Springwood.

Spokesman John Novakovic says two people were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.

The Brumby government managed to turn a transport triumph into disaster

Posted Saturday, 17 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

IT was supposed to be an announcement that heralded the Brumby government's transport credentials just five months out from an election, to remind voters of its plans to ease inner-city congestion on roads and trains.

A $4.3 billion regional train line that ran through the western suburbs, a $4.5bn proposal for extra city stations and a $2.8bn plan for a tunnel for truck traffic in the west.

Despite the bulk of the announcements previously mooted or awaiting the funding green light from the federal government, it should have been a good news story for Labor.

But what happened this week will no doubt go down as one of the worst examples of public relations management by a government and its team of spinners.

Cadbury to use Bell Bay rail line

Posted Saturday, 17 July, 2010 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

TASRAIL has found a sweet solution to the shutdown of its Bell Bay line.

Cadbury Kraft will use the line after it reopens from the end of September to transport imported cocoa from the port to its Hobart factory and to get block chocolate back to Bell Bay for shipping interstate, to New Zealand and Asia.

Infrastructure Minister Lara Giddings said yesterday when announcing the reopening that Cadbury would be the only customer on the line initially.

On the heartache express

Posted Saturday, 17 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

THE blinds for Ruth Illich's $1.1 million warehouse in Footscray, which has been undergoing a $75,000 renovation for the past four months, were due to turn up this week. So were the builders.

On Thursday, Illich was trying to cancel both, after learning - through a bungled compulsory acquisition process - that her home would probably be demolished to make way for a new train line.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 17/7/2010.

Posted Sunday, 18 July, 2010 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 112 sightings for this week. This is five sighting more than last week, making a total of 2719 sightings for this year to date. On day 199 last year we had recorded 2298 sightings. This is 421 sightings up on the same time last year.

Residents left hanging as rail link bungle hits home

Posted Monday, 19 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

FOOTSCRAY residents who may lose their homes in a compulsory acquisition process started by the state government last week have been told they won't know for two months if their houses will go.

The news comes as the Department of Transport says it does not know how many trains will run on the Regional Rail Link project when it is completed.

This is despite the $4.3 billion project having been planned for the past two years.

Car on rail track – Springwood

Posted Monday, 19 July, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a car crash at Springwood overnight which has left a car on rail tracks.

About 3am today a 48-year-old Katoomba man was driving his Toyota Prado westbound on the Great Western Highway.

It appears the driver has struck the boundary fence of the rail corridor and destroyed the pedestrian crossing on the city bound line causing significant damage to the gate structure and the signal controller.

Elephant runs amok, enters railway station

Posted Monday, 19 July, 2010 by grace in International Rail News

An elephant ran amok in Thrissur city on Saturday, injuring its mahouts and causing panic for around three hours.

The elephant, Vadakkunnathan Krishnan, turned violent at Kottappuram around 11-45 a.m. while it was taken back from a ceremony called ‘Anayoottu' held at Sree Vadakkunatha Temple in the heart of the city in which 49 elephants were fed.

It certainly was a great day for the YVR and for the Yarra Valley

Posted Monday, 19 July, 2010 by thunda in Victorian Rail News

The weekend saw the official return of railmotor traffic to Healesville with Minister Tim Holding on Sunday officially cutting the ribbon on the RM service.

The morning saw 22RM being given the final spruce up, ready for all the pics. A members meeting was held in the morning, during which ATHRA chairman Peter Silva Presented the YVR with a plaque.

10 Tunnels to celebrate 100th anniversary

Posted Tuesday, 20 July, 2010 by flying_donkey in Rail News

PLANS are underway to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the opening of the ‘Ten Tunnels’ rail link to Lithgow and the closing of the Zig Zag, with a weekend of railway heritage activities on October 16 and 17.

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