Showing stories from July 2010

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Rail 'creates more jobs than road transport'

Posted Friday, 23 July, 2010 by bevans in International Rail News

MORE jobs would be created by reducing car use and encouraging a switch to rail travel, according to a new report.

The findings. commissioned by pteg, the Campaign for Better Transport and Sustrans from researchers Ekosgen, show that 100 direct rail jobs support 140 ‘indirect and induced’ jobs, while 100 direct motor industry jobs support only 48 other jobs.

Myki set to go on trams, buses

Posted Friday, 23 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Melbourne's much-maligned myki smartcard system will go live on trams and buses on Sunday even though the $1.35 billion operation still has problems, Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula has announced.

Mr Pakula said today that ''bugs'' are likely to emerge when the bungled system - which is $350 million over budget - is up and running.

Late arrival has train officials in a flap

Posted Saturday, 24 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

THE first train on Wodonga’s $181 million rail bypass made its belated journey across the Lincoln Causeway yesterday afternoon but not before what was believed to be a driver protest threatened to derail the celebrations. A mercy dash to North Albury by rail executives prevented a public relations disaster.

The Pacific National train had been expected about 3pm, the same time phones started ringing at the new Wodonga Rail Station celebration.

Wodonga bypass causing train delays

Posted Saturday, 24 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Passenger rail services between Melbourne and Sydney will be disrupted until early next month because of the Wodonga bypass commissioning.

Drivers to be warned of oncoming trains

Posted Saturday, 24 July, 2010 by bevans in Rail News

Wireless technology to warn cars at level crossings of oncoming trains - potentially eliminating collisions and saving lives - could be ready to roll out in three years, researchers say.

La Trobe University in Melbourne is developing the technology, to be trialled in 100 vehicles.

The trial, to begin next year, should be completed by the end of 2012, the head of the $4 million project Jack Singh said.

The system uses wireless and GPS technology to broadcast a visual and audio warning in vehicles approaching level crossings when a train is expected.

Eurotunnel celebrates 250 million people through the Channel Tunnel

Posted Saturday, 24 July, 2010 by Tonymercury in International Rail News

Today, 21 July 2010, Eurotunnel celebrates the passage of 250 million people through the Channel Tunnel since commercial services began, 16 years ago, in June 1994.

This significant number (equivalent to half the population of the European Union!), includes car and coach passengers on board Passenger Shuttles, Truck drivers and their companions travelling on Truck Shuttles and passengers on Eurostar trains between London, Paris and Brussels.

58% of the 250 million people are customers on Eurotunnel Shuttles, the car and truck carrying system that runs between Folkestone and Calais in just 35 minutes, with up to 10 departures per hour in each direction.

One dies, 42 hurt when Swiss tourist train derails

Posted Monday, 26 July, 2010 by The Man in Blue in International Rail News

FIESCH, Switzerland (Reuters) - One passenger died and 42 were injured on Friday when one of Switzerland's best-known tourist trains, the Glacier Express, derailed at the height of the holiday season, a railway official said.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 24/7/2010.

Posted Monday, 26 July, 2010 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 111 sightings for this week. This is one sighting less than last week, making a total of 2830 sightings for this year to date. On day 205 last year we had recorded 2383 sightings. This is 447 sightings up on the same time last year.

Man killed as V/Line train hits car at level crossing

Posted Monday, 26 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A man was killed when his car was struck by a train on a level crossing north-west of Melbourne last night, police say.

The 21-year-old's car was hit by a V/Line passenger train on the crossing on the Old Calder Highway at Diggers Rest just after 8pm. The Diggers Rest man died at the scene.

The Melbourne-bound train, which originated in Swan Hill, had 88 people including passengers and crew on board at the time.

Kapooka Bridge to be replaced

Posted Monday, 26 July, 2010 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Government has announced funds to design a replacement for the notorious Kapooka Bridge on the Olympic Highway.

Central Station 'closed' to paper tickets

Posted Monday, 26 July, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Central effectively became a closed railway station today as fare gates were shut to paper ticket holders.

For the first time this morning, paper ticket holders had to have their ticket checked with Queensland Rail staff to be let through the fare gates.

Previously the fare gates remained open for paper ticket holders, who had to briefly flash their ticket to QR staff.

Canberra would have a light rail system under a plan by the Greens

Posted Monday, 26 July, 2010 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

GREENS leader Bob Brown has launched a light rail blueprint for Canberra as part of a plan to establish light rail in cities across the nation.

Senator Brown wants revenue from the mining tax to be diverted into fast rail to link capital cities and light rail in cities to ease congestion.

Senator Brown said the proposal could be funded through a “fair mining tax” or the Future Fund.

Still not perfect, but myki makes full debut - at last

Posted Monday, 26 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

YKI'S first day of full operation in Melbourne has been marred by a series of minor problems, with users complaining of overcharging, continuing issues with the $1.35 billion smartcard's website, and equipment failures.

The myki card became valid for use on all public transport in Melbourne yesterday, three years and five months after it was meant to replace Metcard. Myki had been valid for travel on trains since January, but not trams and buses.

Metcard will continue to work alongside myki in Melbourne until at least next April.

Qantas plane forced to turn back

Posted Monday, 26 July, 2010 by bevans in Other Transport News

A Qantas airliner has been forced to turn back to Sydney after its de-icing equipment failed mid-air.

Flight QF922 left for Cairns at 10.35am (AEST) on Sunday and was forced to turn around about 90 minutes into the flight, a Qantas spokeswoman said.

Rail line reopens

Posted Monday, 26 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Passengers will be able to travel by train to the Victorian town of Maryborough for the first time in more than 15 years from Sunday.

Passenger rail services will return to the section of track between Creswick and Maryborough in central Victoria, extending the line which was decommissioned under the Kennett Liberal government in the 1990s.

Peak-hour test for myki smartcard system

Posted Monday, 26 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Melbourne's troubled myki ticketing system faced its first peak-hour test this morning after it was rolled out across the city's entire public transport network at the weekend.

Commuters' reactions to the smartcard were mixed in the city centre early today, with reports of myki readers on trams not working and many sceptics saying they would wait until teething problems were fixed before converting.

Metro Trains Melbourne - Major System Delays

Posted Tuesday, 27 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Due to major issue at Southern Cross Station (SCS) affecting power, there is significant delays across the network this morning. The problem was initially reported as a power issue at Flinders Street Station affecting only the Cranbourne and Pakenham Lines.

Delays on the affected lines have now reached 60+ minutes.

Petrie to Kippa-Ring Rail Line gets Go Ahead.

Posted Tuesday, 27 July, 2010 by Peter_J in Queensland Rail News

Julia Gillard to announce the fast tracking of the $1.15 billion Petrie to Kippa-Ring railway.
This line has been promised for about 30 years by various State & Federal Governments.
From the Courier Mail.

'Hours of chaos' ahead for Metro commuters

Posted Tuesday, 27 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Peak-hour train services were thrown into chaos across Victoria this morning after a massive power failure near Southern Cross Station brought the rail system to a halt.

Melbourne rail passengers are being warned that while trains are now back up and running, the backlog of services will take until at least lunchtime today to clear.

About 400,000 passengers were caught up in the chaos during peak-hour, with the Sydenham, Upfield and Werribee lines the worst hit.

Angry travellers lash out at Metro

Posted Tuesday, 27 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

MELBOURNE'S angriest commuters have been revealed in a survey of our struggling train service.

Train travellers have ranked Metro lines in confidential surveys for the Department of Transport.

The research confirms passengers from the western suburbs are getting the worst service. Commuters on the Sydenham line between Footscray and Sunshine are fuming more than most.

Footscray residents rally over rail link

Posted Tuesday, 27 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Footscray residents whose homes will be destroyed to make way for the Regional Rail Link have rallied on the steps of Parliament.

Several houses in Footscray will be compulsorily acquired to make way for the new rail lines.

Protesters block Qld rail line

Posted Tuesday, 27 July, 2010 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

Residents of a north Queensland town have blocked a railway line in protest over a planned upgrade they say will see more than 40 freight trains pass through a day.

Protesters blocked the line at Collinsville, west of Bowen, at 11am (AEST) on Tuesday and have vowed to remain there until senior representatives of rail provider QR National agree to meet with the community.

Metro rail debacle 'will cost state at least $12 million'

Posted Tuesday, 27 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

This morning’s rail meltdown is estimated to have cost Victoria’s economy at least $12 million in lost productivity after the travel plans of 400,000 peak-hour commuters were thrown into chaos.

University of Melbourne finance professor Kevin Davis said the rail disruptions would also cut into the leisure time of many Melburnians this afternoon as they stayed late to make up for time lost during this morning’s frustrating commute.

Rail scheme residents to get compo

Posted Tuesday, 27 July, 2010 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

The Queensland Government has bought 44 properties and will reclaim all or part of another 200 to accommodate the Gold Coast light rail system.

Design work for the 13 kilometre track, which links the new Gold Coast University Hospital at Parklands to Broadbeach, has been completed and roadworks will begin in October.

Call for emissions payment to fund rail work

Posted Tuesday, 27 July, 2010 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) wants the voluntary car emissions payments, made under the State Government's Climate Change Action Plan, to go towards the development of rail infrastructure.

Drivers will be able to pay about $80 to offset the annual emissions of their cars, as part of the Government's plan to cut emissions by 20 per cent in the next 10 years.

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