Showing stories from March 2014

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Major new rail project for Melbourne

Posted Friday, 7 March, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

MELBOURNE'S southeast will get 25 new high capacity trains under a $2 billion-plus rail project. The project will transform the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines and deliver a 30 per cent capacity boost for the rail corridor, the state government says. Premier Denis Napthine said the project was a significant investment in the next generation of technology and would include 25 new trains.

Queensland Rail trains to continue running when motorists hit boom gates

Posted Friday, 7 March, 2014 by newsbot in Queensland Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]TRAINS will continue to run through level crossings where boom gates have been wiped out by reckless motorists, under new procedures being introduced in southeast Queensland.[/b][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Fed up with a spate of recent boom gate strikes that have plunged the train timetable into chaos, Transport Minister Scott Emerson said Queensland Rail had devised a new system.[/font][/size][/color]

Traffic estimates for the East West Link ignore planned rail tunnel

Posted Friday, 7 March, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

Official predictions about how many vehicles will travel on the East West Link ignore the impact the Metro rail tunnel would have, despite the Napthine government and the opposition pledging to start building the rail link before the end of the decade. Michael Veitch, the director of the consultancy hired by the state government to predict traffic numbers for the East West Link, admitted under cross-examination on Wednesday that the predictions published by the Linking Melbourne Authority late last year did not factor in the rail link. On day three of the 30-day planning panel hearing into the $9 billion-$11 billion road project Mr Veitch said this was because building Metro rail between South Kensington and South Yarra would make little difference to how many motorists used the toll road.

United councils confident of rail service push

Posted Friday, 7 March, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]SEVEN councils in the south-west and Wimmera are inching closer towards the return of passenger rail services after “heartening” talks with the state government.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Glenelg Shire and Southern Grampians Shire, together with five other councils covering Ararat, Edenhope, Nhil and Horsham, are moving to fund a feasibility study on the condition the government also pitches in. [/font][/size][/color]

Rail lobby urges Port of Melbourne sale to be reinvested into rail

Posted Friday, 7 March, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has hailed the Victorian government’s planned sale of Australia’s busiest port for containerised and general cargo, the Port of Melbourne. Following the Victorian government’s announcement that it intends to sell the long-term lease of the Port, the ARA has suggested that the income from the sale should be reinvested into vital transport infrastructure around the state and “in particular Melbourne”. The announcement of the sale came in early March 2014 when Victorian Treasurer Michael O’Brien said that the state government is “investigating the strategic and commercial options for the future of Victoria’s state-owned ports”. Mr O’Brien said the state government is “carefully considering” the future of Victoria’s port assets to ensure they deliver the “best return” to Victorian taxpayers. As the sale is expected to make significant financial returns Victoria, the ARA has called upon the state government to use the proceeds of the sale to open up reinvestment opportunities into transport infrastructure “which boost economic activity”.

Rail Revivial Alliance - Newstead Rally

Posted Friday, 7 March, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

Newstead Railway Station will come alive with the next Rail Revival Alliance Rally on Sunday, 6 April at 12 noon. Bring your family and friends to the rally. Public Transport Victoria conducted the [url=]Rail Revival Study[/url] and have surmised that the project is not economical as the costs for infrastructure would out weight the predicted benefits. Instead PTV are considering the introduction of increased coach services between Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo so that passengers do not have to travel via Melbourne.

Trolley bridge about to collapse into Clackamas

Posted Friday, 7 March, 2014 by newsbot in International Rail News

GLADSTONE, Ore. – The Old Trolley Bridge is dangerously close to collapsing near High Rocks on the Clackamas River. The bridge is about a mile up river from the confluence with the Willamette River.

Collinsville, Merinda residents spared rail line resumptions

Posted Friday, 7 March, 2014 by newsbot in Queensland Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]The State Government has moved to exclude areas around two north Queensland towns from being resumed as part a major resource project.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Residents in Collinsville and Merinda have expressed concern their properties would be resumed to make way for a rail corridor through the Galilee Basin.[/font][/size]

Rail improvements promise quicker journey

Posted Friday, 7 March, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Gippsland V/Line passengers are set to benefit from upgrades to train lines in Melbourne's south-east.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]A $2 billion upgrade of the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines will include upgrades to rail signalling and the removal of four level crossings.[/font][/size]

Enterprise boss calls for inland rail to come to Toowoomba

Posted Saturday, 8 March, 2014 by bevans in Rail News

[color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]TOOWOOMBA and Surat Basin Enterprise CEO Shane Charles has pushed the significant impact the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Project will have on Toowoomba when he made a presentation at yesterday's Inland Rail Symposium in Moree.[/font][/size][/color]

Group takes next step in push for rail link

Posted Sunday, 9 March, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]A PETITION calling for the re-introduction of a regional rail link is the latest push to connect Bendigo to other major towns across the state. [/font][/size][/color]

Rail freight angst: Gap in food to Asia plan, says transport boss

Posted Monday, 10 March, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]THERE’S a gap in Victoria’s new  “Food to Asia Action Plan,” that only a major upgrade of the Mildura to Melbourne rail freight line can fix, Wakefield Transport owner Ken Wakefield said yesterday.[/font][/size][/color]

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 8/3/2014.

Posted Monday, 10 March, 2014 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 119 sightings for this week; this is seven sightings more than last week making a total of 1147 sightings for this year to date On day 67 last year we had recorded 1109 sightings. This is 38 sightings more that at the same time last year.

Mayor rules out Byron rail corridor as bypass option

Posted Monday, 10 March, 2014 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

[ltr]Byron shire mayor Simon Richardson has rejected calls to use the rail corridor in Byron Bay as a road bypass of the town, saying it was an unlikely option.[/ltr] [ltr]Cr Richardson says the disused corridor should be protected for the future use of rail, and changing its status would increase the temptation for governments to privatise it.[/ltr] [ltr]Community calls for the much needed bypass to ease congestion on the northerly entrance to the town have increased since plans for the proposed West Byron subdivision were announced.[/ltr] [ltr]But Cr Richardson said  Transport for NSW (TfNSW), the owner of the rail asset, and its agent John Holland Rail, which has the contract for property management, have confirmed that an Act of Parliament was needed to remove the status of the rail corridor.[/ltr]

Wagga to 'grab inland rail opportunity with both hands'

Posted Monday, 10 March, 2014 by bevans in Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]THE number of heavy vehicles on Wagga's east-west thoroughfare is expected to triple to more than 8000 per day within 40 years.[/font][/size][/color]

Late night travellers vote with their feet to dump NightRide

Posted Monday, 10 March, 2014 by bevans in Cityrail News

Public transport use has been steadily increasing in Sydney, with one exception. Patronage on the city's NightRide buses - the only form of mass transport available to Sydney's early-morning drinkers and late-night workers - is falling rapidly. The NightRide buses are the backbone of the O'Farrell government's transport response to concerns about alcohol-fuelled violence in central Sydney, after it rejected proposals for more late-night trains. The sole transport initiative announced as part of the government's crackdown on late night inner-city drinking was to cut the cost of travelling by bus from Kings Cross to Town Hall or Central, where people are encouraged to join the NightRide services that operate in lieu of trains.

Troy Buswell resigns from Cabinet after what Premier Colin Barnett described as a 'breakdown'

Posted Monday, 10 March, 2014 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]WA Treasurer Troy Buswell has resigned from Cabinet following what Premier Colin Barnett described as a "breakdown".[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]It follows reports he was involved in a car crash before taking personal leave more than two weeks ago.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]At the time Mr Barnett explained the leave by saying Mr Buswell had taken time off for health-related reasons.[/font][/size]

$15m cold store to take 6000 trucks off road

Posted Monday, 10 March, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

THE Midfield Group’s construction of a $15 million cold store in Warrnambool would remove 6000 trucks from the road each year. The massive cut in truck traffic will be achieved by reducing the volume of meat product Midfield presently trucks to a cold store in Laverton.

Trains suspended on Hurstbridge line after grass fire near tracks

Posted Monday, 10 March, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Peak-hour trains were suspended in both directions on the Hurstbridge line after a track-side grass fire broke out in Melbourne’s north-east. Damaged power lines are believed to have sparked the fire that spread across 500 metres of train tracks between Eaglemont and Ivanhoe stations shortly before 3.30pm on Monday. It prompted the fire brigade and police to request for Metro Trains to suspend all city-bound services. Metro tweeted that services had resumed running between Heidelberg and Clifton Hill around 6.30pm.

Artarmon rail lift to rise before Unanderra?

Posted Tuesday, 11 March, 2014 by bevans in Cityrail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian has refused to deny claims that a train station on the border of her electorate has ‘‘jumped the queue’’ and will get lifts before Unanderra station.[/font][/size][/color]

Contact with third rail injures LIRR worker, MTA says

Posted Tuesday, 11 March, 2014 by newsbot in International Rail News

A Long Island Rail Road track worker was hospitalized Monday with what a railroad official termed "non-life-threatening injuries" suffered when he came into contact with the electrified third rail in Babylon. The accident occurred at 10:35 a.m., Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said. The identity of the worker has not been released.

North West Rail Link workers discover remains of 180-year-old White Hart Inn at Kellyville

Posted Tuesday, 11 March, 2014 by newsbot in Cityrail News

[color=#333333][size=4][font='Times New Roman', sans-serif][b][b]FOR more than a century, it was the pub with a name but no fixed address. Until now.[/b][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=4][font='Times New Roman', sans-serif]The remains of the White Hart Inn have been unearthed by workers preparing to build the North West Rail Link in Kellyville, sparking a full-blown archaeological dig.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=4][font='Times New Roman', sans-serif]The circa 1830 building fronted Windsor Rd — an unsealed dirt track for much of its life, before disappearing between the 1880s and the early 1900s.[/font][/size][/color]

Local farmers may not benefit from inland rail line

Posted Tuesday, 11 March, 2014 by newsbot in Rail News

[b]The proposed Melbourne to Brisbane inland rail line won't necessarily help local farmers get their produce to market.[/b] Much of the 1,800 kilometre route will run though country New South Wales. But Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss says branch lines (small lines that connect to the main rail line) are unlikely to be funded by the private sector investors who are integral to the $5 billion project project. He says it will be those investors that decide if branch lines would be viable.

Rail upgrade hopes not high

Posted Tuesday, 11 March, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]A $2 billion election commitment promising to benefit Gippsland rail commuters has been met with scepticism by the Public Transport Users Association.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Premier Denis Napthine announced $2 billion to $2.5 billion would be spent upgrading the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines, delivering a 30 per cent capacity boost for one of Melbourne's busiest rail corridors.[/font][/size][/color]

Mayor hails government’s interest in rail line in action plan for upgrade to Mildura

Posted Tuesday, 11 March, 2014 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

AT LAST, there’s some light at the end of the line: the Victorian Government’s new Food to Asia Action Plan has flagged an upgrade to the decrepit, accident-prone Mildura to Melbourne rail link.

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