Rail industry stoked over NSW Budget $9bn transport spend

NSW Premier Mike Baird’s ambitious plan to overhaul and expand Sydney’s neglected transport infrastructure has won strong backing from peak groups, including the Australasian Railway Association and stands in sharp contrast with the federal Budget’s heavy emphasis on major roads.

Rail Association gauges big spike in train usage

By Paul Hemsley New research commissioned by Australia’s peak rail body has found that the use of passenger, freight and light rail increased in dramatically between 2011 and 2012, after the number of passenger journeys on trains and trams jumped by 15.4 million to 784.2 million. The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) is pushing the new […]

Rail wins big in WA Budget

By Julian Bajkowski Transport infrastructure and emergency services may have emerged as the primary winners in the Western Australian Budget, however Liberal Premier Colin Barnett will axe at least 1000 jobs from the public sector to try keep the state’s finances on an even keel. Mr Barnet on Thursday forecast a $386 million for this […]

Rail body slams Abbott’s $6.7bn Bruce Highway pledge as a train wreck

By Julian Bajkowski Australia’s peak rail group has hit out at the Coalition’s promise of $6.7 billion in funding to fix the Bruce Highway in Queenslad, labelling the promise a short-sighted quick fix that squibs real commitment by the government to rolling out integrated transport infrastructure. Australian Rail Association chief executive Bryan Nye has hit […]

NSW wants tourists to catch decommissioned trains

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski Investment levels and the mature age of the equipment running railways in New South Wales have long been the subject of steam-era jokes, but the state’s signal-master-in-chief, Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian, has hatched a cunning scheme to turn out-of-date rolling stock into real tourism revenue. The state government […]

Adelaide locks up bike riders

By Julian Bajkowski The South Australian government has extended the utility of its public transport smartcard to give bike-riding commuters in Adelaide access to new locked cages so they can securely stow their mounts at railway stations when connecting with trains. The move is part of a $17 million car park and amenity upgrade for […]

Rail link eases freight transport

More freight loads will be transported via rail through a Sydney south-west link constructed to ease road traffic. Constructed from Sydney’s Port Botany to a freight terminal and warehousing facilities at Moorebank, the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal will take 3300 trucks off Sydney roads. The federal government will call for tenders from the private sector to […]

Queensland Rail’s Logica IT contract

By Lilia Guan   Queensland Rail has signed a managed services contract with Logica Australia – an IT business services provider.   The five year contract with Queensland Rail (QR), worth $33 million, will include transitioning and management of its newly-established ICT infrastructure platform.   Queensland Rail is owned by the State Government and manages passenger rail across […]

Community opportunity to shape regional rail link

  Federal Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Anthony Albanese, said community representatives would play an important role in delivering the first major new rail line for metropolitan Melbourne in 80 years. “The Regional Rail Link Community Reference Group will be a key channel for community involvement in this vital infrastructure project,” Mr Albanese said. “We […]

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