SAVE Our Rail has urged the NSW government to consider building several pedestrian level crossings instead of ripping up the Newcastle inner-city rail line.
The head of Aurizon Holdings, Lance Hockridge, has slammed the latest high-speed railway proposal arguing, instead, for the existing infrastructure as a ''springboard''. The railroad sector has seen a ''lifetime's supply'' of national building proposals he told a business lunch on Tuesday, pointing to the Alice Springs to Darwin project and the Melbourne to Brisbane inland railway.
THE demise of a passionately-fought campaign to bring back the Casino-to-Murwillumbah rail link is a "slap in the face" for the NSW North Coast community and one which should be felt by every local politician who campaigned on a now broken promise. That's how TOOT president Karin Kolbe on Monday summed up her feelings about the release of the long-awaited feasibility study which found the rail line, which has been out of service since 2004, was beyond repair. In the lead-up to the 2007 state election North Coast MP Don Page and his Tweed, Lismore and Clarence Valley colleagues campaigned for the return of the rail service with the support of Nationals Leader Andrew Stoner.
[color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]THE biggest expansion of inner west truck curfews in a decade is facing stiff opposition from major industry and VicRoads.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]A report to last night's Maribyrnong Council community and services special committee recommended that the council lobby the state government to introduce a curfew on Moore Street, Footscray, and extend current weekend curfews to operate between 8pm Friday and 6am Monday.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The recommendations stem from a review by the truck curfew review committee (TCRC), [color=#111111][size=2][font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]made up of three Maribyrnong councillors and representatives of VicRoads, Hobsons Bay Council, Victoria Police, EPA, Department of Transport, Port of Melbourne Corporation, Transport Workers Union and affected residents.[/font][/size][/color][/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Yarraville night and weekend truck curfews were introduced on Somerville Road in 2001 and in Francis Street the following year.[/font][/size][/color]
A public signing is being planned for a long awaited MOU to reopen a rail line in the region. Five of the region's councils - Cowra, Weddin, Harden, Young and Blayney, have been campaigning since 2009 to get the Blayney to Demondrille line running again.
[size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][b]The author of a report into the return of rail services on the state's far north coast is defending its findings.[/b][/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Casino-to-Murwillumbah line was closed in 2004.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]A feasibility study commissioned by the State Government has found it would cost 900 million dollars to repair.[/font][/size] [size=3][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Tim Poole, from the Department of Transport, says the disused line was allowed to deteriorate.[/font][/size]
Two men charged with an alleged Al Qaeda-backed plot to derail a Canadian passenger train have made their first court appearances. Raed Jaser of Toronto, 35, and Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, face charges that include conspiring "with each other to murder unknown persons for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a terrorist group". They were arrested on Tuesday in separate raids after what police said was an investigation that started in the middle of last year after a tip from a member of the Muslim community.
WEST, Texas (Reuters) - A rail car filled with extremely hazardous ammonium nitrate did not cause the fiery explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant, investigators said on Tuesday, in their first statement ruling out possible sources of the deadly blast six days ago. Fourteen people died in the explosion at the West Fertilizer Co last Wednesday, and some 200 were injured. Investigators said they also ruled out a weather event such as lightning as the cause of the fire and blast, and said they had narrowed down the possible sources to an accident, arson or an unexplained cause.
DESPITE a low turnout at a debate on Melbourne's contentious public transport ticketing system, organisers are calling the event a success.
[color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]TICKETS are now on sale at Taree Railway Station for steam train rides over the upcoming Centenary of Rail weekend in May.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The official 'Re-enactment' train will run on Sunday May 11, with other shuttle services operating over the weekend and a special open day at Taree Model Railway Club planned for Sunday morning.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]These will all be part of wider celebrations of this important anniversary in Taree.[/font][/size][/color] [color=#000000][size=2][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The train will be operated by Lachlan Valley Railway, the society that ran the North Coast Steam Tour last year and in 2010.[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Regional Rail Link works are holding up commute times for City Loop passengers this morning, with passengers facing delays of up to 25 minutes.[/font][/size][/color]
News construction of an additional rail line between MelbourneTesting! and Dandenong is still on the government's radar has been welcomed by Latrobe Valley's transport stakeholders.
According to an internal briefing to Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder and Premier Denis Napthine, the construction of an additional track or tracks on the Dandenong Rail Corridor is being considered in a government study currently underway.
The briefing, obtained by The Age through Freedom of Information and supplied to The Express, found development of new container capacity at the Port of Hastings would result in a steep increase in demand on the transport corridor.
HALF of the coal being transported through Brisbane will be sprayed to make it less likely for dust to blow across homes from next week. But critics say the adhesive spray veneer will not be enough and want rail wagons carrying coal covered. About 10 million tonnes of coal a year is transported though more than 30 suburbs to the Port of Brisbane.
One person has been taken to hospital after a train collided with a vehicle at a level crossing near Noble Park Station. It is believed the vehicle became stranded on the Heatherton Road level crossing amid heavy traffic about 6.30pm on Friday.
There were 113 sightings for this week. This is 21 sighting less than last week, making a total of 1979 sightings for this year to date. On day 117 last year we had recorded 1958 sightings. This is 21 sightings up on the same time last year.
As eager commuters headed to Melbourne's newest train station on Sunday, they arrived to find the myki system out of order. It meant that for more than an hour, passengers at the $110 million Williams Landing station couldn't buy or top up myki cards at the counter or from the lone myki machine.
COMMUTERS will experience lengthy delays and some cancelled services this morning due to Regional Rail Link works running late. Affected lines to run on a modified timetable are Werribee, Frankston, Williamstown, Craigieburn and Sunbury, theHerald Sun reports. Some express trains are expected to stop all stations, selected loop trains will run direct to Flinders St and there will be a number of cancellations. A Metro Trains spokesman said issues with upgrading signalling systems were to blame.
A $680 million plan to create a new CBD park and public event space next to Federation Square may be doomed because of a lack of government funding and a decision to open up the site to private developers. The company behind the Federation Square design, LAB architecture studio, has produced a detailed master plan for the Jolimont rail yards site known as Federation Square East. The plan was commissioned by the Office of Major Projects and included an extensive park and community spaces.
NEWCASTLE residents agree that effective public transport should be the city's top priority. But mention the rail, and the city splits like a Scotch Finger biscuit. A Newcastle City Council survey, used to update the council's 2030 strategic plan, asked residents to rank the importance of various strategic objectives. "Effective and integrated public transport" was rated as either "extremely important" or "very important" by 94 per cent of people. Most [66 per cent] said it was extremely important.
CRANBOURNE South resident Lorraine Wilson is right in the firing line when it comes to a proposed rail freight link from the Port of Hastings to Dandenong South. "If they put a rail link there, I'll have to look both ways before I step out," said Ms Wilson, whose house is just 25 metres from the Western Port Highway, the preferred route.
Melbourne's rail commuters face more disruption on the journey home on Monday, with evening peak trains to be hit by delays in completing major signalling work. The delays could also stretch into the Tuesday morning peak. The works, part of the Regional Rail Link project, were meant to have been completed overnight on Sunday, in time for the Monday morning peak but are taking longer than the four-day schedule.
A RAIL line linking Mildura with Darwin and Perth would significantly boost Victoria's export power. Transport Minister Terry Mulder said a proposed line connecting Mildura to Menindee, in western NSW, would fuel economic growth in regional Victoria. Menindee links to the transcontinental Sydney-Perth line, providing a more direct overland export route from Melbourne.
Train commuters face yet another day of delays and cancellations as rail works continue to play havoc across the network. The works, part of the Regional Rail Link project, were meant to have been completed in time for the Monday morning peak but have taken longer than the four-day schedule, resulting in overcrowded trains and substitute bus services. Metro said the work was completed at 4am and the operator had been given full access to rail lines, however cancellations, changes to morning peak services and ''possibly minor delays'' were still in store for commuters. Five lines – Werribee, Frankston, Craigieburn, Sunbury and Pakenham – will be affected, with disruptions expected to be limited to the morning peak.