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Rail terminal move a 'commercial decision'

Posted Wednesday, 14 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Ports Minister says he would like Griffith's rail terminal moved but it is going to be a commercial decision.

Joe Tripodi visited Griffith yesterday for a meeting with the Sydney Ports Corporation and local exporters.

The State Government, Sydney Ports and Griffith City Council are looking into the feasibility of moving the freight terminal out of the CBD amid concern about congestion.

Rail, road delays as tanker rolls

Posted Wednesday, 14 October, 2009 by bevans in South Australian Rail News

Indian Pacific train passengers have been transferred to buses because of a gas tanker accident in the mid-north of South Australia.

Teen chases down robbers after being kicked in face

Posted Wednesday, 14 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Police have released an image of a man suspected of kicking an 18-year-old woman in the face before stealing her handbag at a railway station in Melbourne's west.

The teenager was waiting for a bus at Sunshine railway station just before 6pm on September 15, when a man jumped a fence and crossed the railway tracks to get to her while his friend waited on the other side of the station.

Lord Mayor forces Labor's hand over light rail study

Posted Wednesday, 14 October, 2009 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

THE NSW Transport Minister, David Campbell, has caved in to Sydney's Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, and agreed to investigate a light rail through the city centre.

His concession will alarm officials pushing for the controversial CBD Metro because if the study finds light rail is viable, it would undermine the case for the $5.3 billion metro.

Transport plan a rejig of old ideas

Posted Wednesday, 14 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE showpiece transport plan the Rees Government will take to the next election will recycle several previously announced projects, the Minister for Transport has revealed.

In the Government's submission to a Herald-backed public inquiry into Sydney transport, David Campbell said the 2031 blueprint ''will shape the way we travel now and in the future''.

Designers pull out all stops for metro plan

Posted Wednesday, 14 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THREE leading architects, landscape designers and artists will be commissioned by the State Government to devise ideas for the controversial Sydney Metro stations at Pyrmont and Rozelle.

Transport Minister David Campbell said the experts would be split into three teams and meet community representatives selected by Sydney Metro in consultation with community groups and councils to discuss ideas this month.

Each team would come up with a proposal for each station and those proposals would be unveiled at a National Trust breakfast in November and published online.

CityRail plan allows a north-west metro

Posted Wednesday, 14 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

RESIDENTS of north-western Sydney could have an underground metro line from the CBD without the metro system taking up a critical heavy rail corridor beneath central Sydney, government documents show.

Private group seeks slice of $3b rail budget

Posted Wednesday, 14 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

THE lobby group representing big transport and construction companies is pushing for a slice of the NSW rail budget, which is worth more than $3 billion.

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, which lobbies for public-private partnerships on big projects, is angling for a role in running the publicly owned suburban network.

Tardy trains drive commuter slump

Posted Wednesday, 14 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

PUBLIC transport use in the northern suburbs has defied national and international trends and fallen in the past five years, due mainly to the unreliability of the rail system, civic leaders say.

While the Chatswood to Epping train link has been a success, attracting at least 15,000 passengers a day in the first six months of operation, car ownership north of the harbour is up.

Call for Mt Isa to join NT

Posted Wednesday, 14 October, 2009 by bevans in Northern Territory Rail News

The chairman of a major transport company says the north-west city of Mount Isa should be part of the Northern Territory, instead of Queensland.

Child incidents at rail stations 'surge'

Posted Wednesday, 14 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

Melbourne rail operator Connex says there has been a surge in potentially serious incidents involving children and babies in prams travelling on trains.

Connex head of customer services Geoff Young says there have been incidents in recent weeks where infants have narrowly avoided accidents.

'Judas' Ludwig betrays unions, Oppn says

Posted Thursday, 15 October, 2009 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

The Queensland Opposition has accused a senior union leader of betraying workers opposed to the State Government's privatisation plans.

Australian Workers Union (AWU) secretary Bill Ludwig says Parliament has passed legislation to pave the way for asset sales and unions should stop fighting the sell-off.

V/Line services thrown into chaos after a derailment at Southern Cross station

Posted Thursday, 15 October, 2009 by crivens in Victorian Rail News

V/LINE services have been thrown into chaos this afternoon following a derailment at Southern Cross station.

South East Queensland Fares To Rise

Posted Friday, 16 October, 2009 by colinw_mk2 in Queensland Rail News

QUEENSLAND commuters will be showered with millions of dollars of giveaways and off-peak discounts to lure them from paper tickets to Go Cards.

Built to last

Posted Friday, 16 October, 2009 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

EARLY one December morning in 1993, workers at the Commonwealth Engineering plant in Dandenong put the finishing touches on a new tram, and saw it roll out of the factory on the back of a truck, headed for the Preston tram depot. Soon after, tram number B2132 started running on Melbourne's tracks. It still runs today.

What those workers didn't know was that this would be the last tram built in Melbourne, for Melbourne, for at least 16 years. For Geoffrey Daniels, project manager at the Dandenong plant from 1987, the demise of locally built trams has been a great shame: ''It wasn't the intent that it would be the last tram.''

Get onya bike, but don't let the road lobby 'greenwash' you

Posted Friday, 16 October, 2009 by Speed in Other Transport News

Melbourne academic and transport commentator Paul Mees expresses wariness of the road lobby's support of cycling, laments that fewer people use bicycles as transport these days as more children are driven to school and emphasises the importance of developing public transport over developing cycleways.

Baby in pram hit by train

Posted Friday, 16 October, 2009 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

Trains have been suspended on the Alamein line after a pram carrying a baby rolled onto the tracks, and was struck by a train.

The incident happened at 4.02pm today.

Major delays are expected and Connex has called in buses to replace services.

Coroner to investigate level crossing deaths

Posted Friday, 16 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

A Victorian coroner has said she will hold three inquests into level crossing deaths in the state.

Twenty-nine people have died in collisions between trains and vehicles in Victoria between 2002 and 2009 including 11 who died in the Kerang level crossing accident in 2007.

Govt urged to put focus on highway revamp

Posted Friday, 16 October, 2009 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

The New South Wales Opposition Leader says the State Government should be paying for the Pacific Highway upgrade instead of spending billions on a metro rail system for Sydney.

Barry O'Farrell made the comment in Coffs Harbour yesterday.

He says it is obscene that the mid-north coast Pacific Highway upgrade is incomplete and that people continue to die on the road.

Rapid transit project to seek private backing

Posted Friday, 16 October, 2009 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

The director of the Gold Coast Rapid Transit Project says the organisation is nearly ready to call for expressions of interest from private firms keen to help finance, design and operate the city's light rail system.

Tim Poole has told a Gold Coast business luncheon the process will begin late this month.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 10/10/2009.

Posted Friday, 16 October, 2009 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 90 sightings for this week. This is four sighting more than last week, making a total of 3402 sightings for this year to date. On day 283 last year we had recorded 4013 sightings.

We have seen five sightings on the B/G this week, which is five more that last week. On the new Mildura train timetable we saw the two down trains but we didn’t get to see the one up train due to run via Gheringhap.

Lord Mayor forces Labor's hand over light rail study

Posted Friday, 16 October, 2009 by bevans in Tram and Light Rail News

THE NSW Transport Minister, David Campbell, has caved in to Sydney's Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, and agreed to investigate a light rail through the city centre.

His concession will alarm officials pushing for the controversial CBD Metro because if the study finds light rail is viable, it would undermine the case for the $5.3 billion metro.

$2 Billion tunnelling cost blowout on Sydney Metro

Posted Friday, 16 October, 2009 by Athol in New South Wales Rail News

THE cost of the controversial Sydney CBD Metro has blown out by $2 billion without even a sod of dirt being turned.

Power blackout causes train chaos

Posted Saturday, 17 October, 2009 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

An electricity problem is causing major delays on the Frankston train line.Connex says the electricity supply is too weak to power the trains. Spokesman John Rees says some carriages are blocking the tracks.

NSW Opposition commits to tearing Metro contract irregardless

Posted Saturday, 17 October, 2009 by seb2351 in New South Wales Rail News

The Opposition leader Barry O'Farrel today has told the people of Sydney, and NSW, that the Liberal Party will terminate the Metro project if they win the next state Election in 2011. When asked about the prospect of compensation to the tunnel operators, he replied that Nathan and the ALP will wear the blame.

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