Showing stories from March 2014

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Heritage rail to get Greens' backing

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

THE Tasmanian Greens announced their support for heritage rail at Steamfest at Sheffield at the weekend.Greens candidate for Lyons Tim Morris said the Greens would invest $2.25million over the next three years to ensure the heritage railways had consistent access to money.

New York could be model for Qld's rail network: Newman

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

A PROJECT beneath New York's iconic Grand Central Station could be a good model for Queensland's new underground bus and rail network, Premier Campbell Newman has said. Inspecting New York's East Access Rail Line project during his US trade mission, Mr Newman said the state could learn from the New York city experience as it built a major rail system to service the eastern part of the state. "This New York project involves major station cavern construction and deep levelled stations beneath existing and operating rail stations and city environments," he said..

Aurizon to close Toowoomba Depot on March 28

Posted Tuesday, 11 March, 2014 by bevans in Aurizon

Six jobs are on the chopping block as the Toowoomba depot of rail freight company Aurizon closes on March 28.

Suspect leaves car on railroad tracks, disrupting rail traffic

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

A Louisville man is accused of disregarding a stoplight, failing to stop for police and leaving his car on railroad tracks, holding up rail traffic for about an hour.

Maitland commuters sceptical of light rail

Posted Tuesday, 11 March, 2014 by JimYarin in Tram and Light Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]MAITLAND commuters were largely unimpressed with the state government’s plan to install light rail in Newcastle CBD at a consultation session last night, preferring to keep the heavy rail line intact.[/font][/size][/color]

Council urged to get aboard inland rail alliance

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

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]A Southern Downs regional councillor says the shire should join an alliance considering opportunities the proposed inland rail line will bring.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Final studies are underway into a railway between Melbourne and the Port of Brisbane.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Alliance meets in Sydney later this month.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Cr Neil Meiklejohn says the Southern Downs council should get a seat at the table, even though the proposed route of the line does not pass through the shire.[/font][/size]

Queensland’s transport network modelled on the best

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

Some of the world’s most cutting edge public transport design and technology was on show as Premier Campbell Newman toured New York’s East Access Rail Line project during his US trade mission. Mr Newman said the project underneath New York’s iconic Grand Central Station was a good model for Queensland’s own underground bus and rail network, which is set to transform transport in Brisbane’s CBD. “The Brisbane project will create hundreds of jobs and is a major project that delivers on our election commitments,” Mr Newman said. “We promised to grow construction as one of the four pillars of the economy and we promised to revitalise frontline services and create jobs.

Standing committee recommends state government support rail trail concept

Posted Tuesday, 11 March, 2014 by JimYarin in New South Wales Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Rail trails are being promoted by a state government standing committee, investigating ways to grow tourism.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Committee chairwoman, Liberal MP Natasha Maclaren-Jones, says the committee is recommending the government allow disused rail corridors to be developed into rail trails.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The finding is line with the Wagga City Council's recent renewed new push to support developing the disused Ladysmith line, despite ongoing landholder concerns.[/font][/size]

Railway line which crumbled into the sea in ferocious storms is almost rebuilt and will reopen in time for Easter

Posted Wednesday, 12 March, 2014 by newsbot in International Rail News

[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=1]Rail chiefs hoped to re-open the line this month, but had to put the date back to mid-April as the project slipped behind schedule. Now, however, they have brought the date forward two weeks and say it will re-open on April 4.[/size][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=1]It will be welcome news to the thousands of commuters who will have been stranded on replacement buses and coaches for two months.[/size][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=1]Immediately after the track collapsed some passengers were forced to pay double because the rail firm which runs services on the line withdrew all its advance tickets, which come at a heavy discount. [/size][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=1]Amid a fierce backlash, First Great Western was forced to deny 'profiteering' and the next day introduced a 25 per cent discount for all its more expensive on-the-day fares.[/size][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=1]Despite the gesture traders in Devon and Cornwall have claimed the works have cost the South West's tourist economy more than £1million a day.[/size][/font][/size][/color]

Mixed response to city rail plan

Posted Wednesday, 12 March, 2014 by newsbot in New South Wales Rail News

THE majority of inner-city residents who attended a community consultation on the state government’s light rail plan last night were wholeheartedly behind the project.

Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian under fire over 'two-tiered' ticket plan for the east

Posted Wednesday, 12 March, 2014 by bevans in Cityrail News

Passengers who combine bus and train travel will be denied discounts offered to bus and tram commuters under Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian's policies for the new Opal smartcard. In response to concerns from eastern suburbs residents that they will have to pay more when light rail is introduced in a few years, Ms Berejiklian said on Tuesday that trams and buses will cost the same under Opal. But this policy - which will make light rail a more attractive proposition in the eastern suburbs - opens up a gap between what people who live near trains and trams will pay for public transport.

'Freeloaders' targeted in fare evasion campaign

Posted Wednesday, 12 March, 2014 by newsbot in Victorian Rail News

Public transport authorities have denied they will profile certain passengers as part of a new blitz of fare evasion, despite research revealing young women are regular offenders. Public Transport Victoria commissioned research from Monash University’s’s Institute of Transport Studies to narrow down the type of person most likely to fare evade and where that most likely occurs. New data released reveals fare evasion is at its lowest levels in five years but more than 67,000 repeat fare evaders cost taxpayers about $60 million annually.

Hope for long-suffering commuters as Metro Trains considers paving Huntingdale carpark

Posted Wednesday, 12 March, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]METRO Trains told Monash Council it will consider paving the gravel Huntingdale Railway Station carpark, to help solve rubbish dumping and parking chaos.[/b][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Monash Mayor Geoff Lake said Metro had agreed to investigate payment options for the upgrade during meetings last month.[/font][/size][/color]

Law protecting rail corridors hampers rail trail development

Posted Wednesday, 12 March, 2014 by newsbot in New South Wales Rail News

[color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]NEW South Wales is missing out on the growing cycling tourism market because it is hamstrung by old legislation stopping rail trail developments.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]That's the message a new group of rail trail enthusiasts is taking to Macquarie St, and it appears politicians from all sides are listening.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Tim Coen is spokesman for the newly formed Rail Trails for NSW group and said cyclists are travelling to Victoria and New Zealand because there are no rail trails in NSW.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#4a4e47][size=2][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The group is planning an official launch outside Parliament House and Minister for the North Coast, Don Page will be among the guest speakers.[/font][/size][/color]

Geebung rail overpass almost ready for traffic

Posted Thursday, 13 March, 2014 by newsbot in Queensland Rail News

A notorious level crossing in Brisbane's north will be a thing of the past in just 10 days time. The long-awaited $199 million Robinson Road level crossing replacement project in Geebung is set to open ahead of schedule on March 24, Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said on Wednesday. The RACQ identified the Newman Road level crossing as one of Queensland's worst traffic blackspots following three fatalities and multiple near misses at the site. The construction site became the centre of national media attention in July last year, when [url=]50 million-year-old fossils were found by project workers[/url].

Western Australian rail network inquiry

Posted Thursday, 13 March, 2014 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]Western Australia's freight rail network will be the subject of an inquiry by the State Economics and Industry Standing Committee.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Committee will consider whether the current lease arrangements and management of the network comprising of tier one, two and three lines, facilitate or hamper state development.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Brookfield Rail currently holds a 50-year lease with the State Government to operate the network.[/font][/size]

Water, port asset sales to fund roads and rail

Posted Thursday, 13 March, 2014 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]SELLING off Melbourne Water and Melbourne Port assets could provide an $8 billion cash injection for the State Government to reinvest in new infrastructure projects.[/b][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]A report from ANZ has identified more than $112 billion of assets that could be sold by State and Federal governments to fund the nation’s next round of much needed infrastructure investment.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]A cashed-up $1.75 trillion superannuation and wider private sector also claim to be ready to snap up any good existing Australian infrastructure that is put on the block.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]This comes as the Abbott government releases a draft report from the Productivity Commission report into public infrastructure that urges an overhaul of the system to attract more private sector funds and generate better returns for taxpayer dollars.[/font][/size][/color]

Car stuck on light rail tracks

Posted Friday, 14 March, 2014 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

[color=#000000][font=Arial, Verdana, Lucida, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]A car being driven by elderly woman going to a hair appointment has become stuck on light rail tracks on the Gold Coast.[/b][/font][/color]

Alliance fears grain waste without rail freight investment

Posted Friday, 14 March, 2014 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]The Wheatbelt Railway Retention Alliance has warned millions of tonnes of grain, harvested during the upcoming season, could go to waste because of the poor state of Western Australia's grain freight network.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]With WA coming off a record grain harvest, at least some of that crop is expected to be in storage until next harvest.[/font][/size]

Tony Abbott backs East West Link to make rail 'easier'

Posted Friday, 14 March, 2014 by JimYarin in Victorian Rail News

Prime Minister Tony Abbott supports improving Melbourne's rail network and says he will help the state build it by funding major road projects including the East West Link. Mr Abbott told Jon Faine on ABC radio that his government was looking at ways to help fund stage two of the East West Link and indicated that both sections could be built at the same time. The Commonwealth has already committed $1.5 billion to stage one of the project – a tunnel between Clifton Hill and Parkville. Asked about employment in Victoria, Mr Abbott said he had been talking to Premier Denis Napthine about the second stage of East West link.

to re-open disused rail lines

Posted Friday, 14 March, 2014 by JimYarin in Rail News

[color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][b][b]A PUSH to allow a private operator to reopen an abandoned country freight rail line could become a model for resurrecting other disused lines across the state.[/b][/b][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=3][font='Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The state government is advertising for tenders to run and maintain 200km of track from Blayney to Demondrille and Koorawatha to Greenthorpe — known collectively as the “Cowra Lines” and closed in 2007 — as part of the country regional network.[/font][/size][/color]

Why did we cancel trains? Er, our crew can’t walk… Is this the worst excuse yet for rail delays?

Posted Friday, 14 March, 2014 by JimYarin in International Rail News

A new excuse was added to the list of reasons for rail delays this week. London Midland cancelled two rush-hour trains – because the crews were banned from walking. Ticket conductors were making a 1km (half-mile) journey from Birmingham Snow Hill station to New Street in a taxi when it broke down in a busy tunnel. They were forbidden from completing the journey by foot – which would have taken ten minutes – because they had ticket machines and the day’s takings on them.

SteamFest marks 100 years of rail: pictures, photos

Posted Friday, 14 March, 2014 by bevans in Tasmanian Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]KENTISH Museum curator Barb Wells rubs two hands together and utters a chilled ``brrr'' to great effect.[/font][/size][/color]

Probe to lift lid on secret rail deal

Posted Saturday, 15 March, 2014 by JimYarin in Western Australian Rail News

[b]Three State Government backbenchers have broken ranks with ministerial colleagues to launch a potentially explosive inquiry to WA's rail freight network.[/b] The inquiry will delve into the secret terms and management of a lease agreement between the Government and Brookfield Rail covering the Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 lines CBH uses to cart grain from Wheatbelt farms. The powerful Economic and Industry Standing Committee, compromising Liberal MLAs Ian Blayney and Jan Norberger, Nationals MLA Shane Love and Labor's Fran Logan and Peter Tinley, agreed unanimously to launch the inquiry.

Newcastle CBD vision wound back

Posted Saturday, 15 March, 2014 by Newcastle Express in New South Wales Rail News

[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]LAST week, the state government unveiled the latest version of its plan to revitalise the Newcastle CBD.[/font][/size][/color]

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