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Posts from the ‘Rail’ Category

This is how regional rail can help ease our big cities’ commuter crush

The Conversation, 8 August 2017
In Sydney and Melbourne, the squeeze is on. Population is booming; house prices are still rising; roads and trains are congested. Australian governments generally have ignored the benefits of relating metropolitan and regional planning. However, some state governments are now investigating more integrated sectoral and spatial planning strategies, initially through shifting public sector jobs to regional centres.

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Sheffield to Rotherham tram-train is five times over budget, says NAO

The Guardian, 4 July 2017
An experimental tram-train linking Sheffield and Rotherham has cost more than five times the agreed budget and is running almost three years late, with the [UK] government forced to compensate tram operator Stagecoach for the delays with a £2.5m payment.
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Why Gold Coast light rail was worth it (it’s about more than patronage)

The Conversation, 30 May 2017
Gold Coast’s light rail scheme has attracted great interest since the streets of Surfers Paradise were torn up and stations and track were built. Was it worth spending A$1.5 billion on 13km of light rail and more than $40 million a year in subsidies? Are we right to be spending another $420 million on an extension to Helensvale in time for the Commonwealth Games? Should we be taking it all the way down to Gold Coast Airport? Another question is whether gains in property values served by the project could be “captured” to fund such infrastructure.
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Germany unveils zero-emissions train that only emits steam

Independent, 1 November 2016
Germany is set to introduce the world’s first zero-emission passenger train to be powered by hydrogen. The Coradia iLint only emits excess steam into the atmosphere, and provides an alternative to the country’s 4,000 diesel trains.
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Andrew Leigh urges NSW government to support Canberra to Sydney high-speed train

Canberra Times, 11 April 2017
Federal MP Dr Andrew Leigh is urging the NSW government to support a high-speed railway proposal between Canberra and Sydney. The proposal, put forward by Spanish manufacturing company Talgo, could slash the rail travel time between the two cities from four hours to just two and a half hours.
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Senate estimates reveal Albury line requires a multi-million dollar fix up to accommodate inland rail

The Border Mail, 28 February 2017
The Department of Infrastructure has conceded there will be a “considerable cost” to improve the Albury line if it is to cope with a new inland rail route. Appearing before Senate estimates in Canberra this week, the department’s secretary Mike Mrdak gave the first indication of work needed on a rail line not up to scratch.
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Daniel Andrews, please return public transport to the people

The Guardian, 7 February 2017
The privatisation of Victoria’s train and tram system has not delivered savings to the public – so why not bring it back under state control?

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Queensland Rail failures: Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe resigns

Brisbane Times, 6 February 2017
Embattled Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe has resigned from his cabinet portfolio amid the long-running Queensland Rail debacle. Mr Hinchliffe will also step down from his role as Commonwealth Games minister.
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First freight train from China arrives in London

T&L News, 19 January 2017
The first container train travelling between China and the UK has arrived at the DB Cargo UK terminal at the London Eurohub in Barking. The train is operated by the InterRail Group, a multinational transport operator headquartered in Switzerland, on behalf of China Railway subsidiary CRIMT (China Railway International Multimodal Transport). Various freight railways handle traction along the 12,000 kilometre route; DB Cargo is responsible for the section from Duisburg to London via the Channel Tunnel.
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Melbourne’s trams to be solar powered

The Age, 19 January 2017
Melbourne’s trams network will soon be powered by the first large-scale solar plant to be built in Victoria. The solar plant, which will be completed by the end of 2018, is expected to be located in Victoria’s north-west.

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