A secret report reveals the State Government is planning to build a rail tunnel under Sydney Harbour and a new line under the city to ease congestion on the increasingly gridlocked CityRail network.
It is not our worsening addiction to cars that will further clog already packed bitumen arteries. The truck industry - obliged to take greater volumes of freight - will be responsible for most of the problem. Freight haulers have no other option at the moment than to go by road because of the poor rail network.
Patrick Corp has responded to the ACCC's statement of issues regarding its proposed acquisition of FCL. The company says it is not in Patrick's or FCL's interests to discriminate against other freight forwarders, which could force containers onto road or to another rail operator.
The Victorian Government has spent almost $13 million on consultants to help it manage its $750 million regional fast rail project. It has hired management experts, surveyors, lawyers and contract advisers to help it complete the over-budget and behind-schedule upgrade of rail links to Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Latrobe Valley.
There were 101 sightings for the week which is four sighting more than last week. Making a total for the year to date at 2173* sightings (* One weeks sightings missing in March) (Total sightings up to day 162 last year was 2822).
'Farce rail' angers rural voters
February 16 last year was supposed to be a seminal day for Victoria's regional fast rail project and Peter Batchelor wasn't going to miss out.
TOWONG council has backed a suggestion to make the former Colac Colac primary school an indirect link to the High Country Rail Trail.
Corryong College controls the old school and in April its principal, Robert Lappin, wrote to the council seeking to explore the possibility of using the site to “celebrate and promote the past history of education in the Corryong District”.
The rail trail under development travels from Wodonga to Cudgewa.
THE fast train will be slowed to just 40kmh on the Millbrook bridge amid fears it could be blown off the rails at 160kmh, Ballarat Province MLC Dianne Hadden has claimed.
Ms Hadden yesterday said there were grave fears strong winds could derail the fast rail project's express service on the towering bridge, across the Moorabool River, on the Ballarat to Melbourne line.
"Trains are at risk of blowing off the rails. It's a safety risk," she said.
A BRISBANE train strike planned for Wednesday has been called off after a sitting of the Industrial Relations Commission today.
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) threatened last week to strike over an incident in which a guard was assaulted by a co-worker at Nambour station in December last year.
The assailant was dismissed from his job but the victim was threatened with the same punishment.
The union was concerned workers could be sacked for trying to defend themselves, under a code of conduct introduced recently.
RTBU state secretary Owen Doogan said the union and Queensland Rail today had reached a mutual agreement, but part of that agreement was that its details remained confidential.
"I can only say we came to an agreement that we and Queensland Rail are both satisfied with," Mr Doogan said.
The revelation this week that two freight trains on the Kalgoorlie to Esperance line had a 'near miss' should raise concerns in the mind of anyone that uses, or has family or friends that use any part of the current rail system for travel.
TransAdelaide says it will try to ensure train services get back to normal by peak hour tonight after a stopwork meeting today.