Australasia

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    Coronavirus pushes switch from cash to card payment

    2020-03-19T11:06:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: Cash sales of tickets on the Metlink transport network in Greater Wellington will end on March 23, in a move which Metlink said was designed ‘to stay one step ahead of Covid-19 and give our passengers and staff more peace of mind’. On the ...

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    UGL and John Holland to operate Adelaide trams

    2020-03-12T10:33:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The Torrens Connect joint venture of local bus operator Torrens Transit, UGL Rail Services and John Holland has been selected to operate light rail services in Adelaide, under a contract announced by the South Australian Public Transport Authority on March 10. The deal forms part ...

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    Mining company plans to use Port Augusta terminal

    2020-03-05T06:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Havilah Resources which controls three iron ore deposits in South Australia has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding for future use of port, rail and transhipment facilities at the Playford site near Port Augusta which has been leased by Port Augusta Operations. ‘Port Augusta Operations’ ...

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    Fast-charge battery development funded

    2020-02-18T06:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The development of fast-charge lithium-ion batteries to power catenary-free trams is among the projects which have been awarded A$11m of government funding under a programme to develop the national minerals sector. The A$5m tram battery project brings together the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research ...

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    Australind DMU design revealed

    2020-02-05T06:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The design of the diesel multiple-units ordered for Transwa’s twice-daily Australind service has been unveiled by Premier of Western Australia Mark McGowan. ‘The sleek new design will make the journey between Perth and Bunbury more comfortable for residents and tourists alike, encouraging more ...

  • Rail has been allocated a NZ$1·1bn share of a NZ$6·8bn package of transport infrastructure funding.
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    New Zealand government announces investment in commuter capacity and freight

    2020-01-31T12:27:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: Rail has been allocated a NZ$1·1bn share of a NZ$6·8bn package of transport infrastructure funding announced by the government on January 29. Transport Minister Phil Twyford said the rail investment was targeted at getting lorries off the roads and improving passenger services, particularly at ...

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    ARTC shortlists Port Botany contractors

    2020-01-13T15:22:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Five civil engineering groups have been shortlisted by Australian Rail Track Corp to undertake improvements to the freight lines serving the busy Port Botany south of Sydney. The government has committed A$400m to improving rail capacity in order to meet a projected 77% increase in ...

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    Local content emphasised as Alstom awarded Perth train contract

    2019-12-10T09:36:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Public Transport Authority of Western Australia has formally signed the A$1·3bn contract for Alstom to supply and maintain diesel and electric multiple-units for use around Perth. Announcing completion of the deal on December 10, PTA said the biggest rolling stock contract that it had placed ...

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    ‘Romance’ of rail can mitigate skills crisis

    2019-12-05T09:34:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The rail sector needs to embrace rapid changes in workplace expectations in order to overcome a looming demographic crisis, delegates at the AusRail conference in Sydney heard on December 4.

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    Hyundai Rotem ships its first inter-city trains to New South Wales

    2019-12-04T13:29:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Hyundai Rotem has shipped the first 20 of 554 double-deck electric multiple-unit cars that it is supplying to New South Wales for use on NSW TrainLink inter-city services. Rotem is supplying the 160 km/h rolling stock from its Changwon plant in South Korea as part ...

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    ‘Golden age’ in New South Wales, Collins tells AusRail

    2019-12-03T09:04:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: New South Wales is experiencing ‘a golden age’ of rail investment, Sydney Trains CEO Howard Collins told delegates at the AusRail 2019 conference in Sydney on December 3.

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    Work starts on Perth suburban rail extension

    2019-11-28T13:49:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The NEWest Alliance of CPB Contractors and Downer has been named preferred bidder to undertake the Yanchep Rail Extension and the Thornlie–Cockburn Link projects in Perth. The announcement was made on November 25, when a sod-turning ceremony marked the start ...

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    Brisbane Metro BRT vehicle supplier selected

    2019-11-27T11:15:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Brisbane City Council has selected Hess, Volgren and ABB to supply 60 electric buses and charging infrastructure for the Brisbane Metro bus rapid transit project. A prototype is due to be delivered next year, ahead testing and series production. Final assembly will take place at ...

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    Freight hub master plan unveiled

    2019-11-27T08:00:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: A master plan for a rail and road freight hub near Palmerston North was unveiled by Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones on November 26. Video: Palmerston North intermodal freight hub master plan The proposed facility would replace ...

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    Sydney metro second phase E&M contract awarded

    2019-11-22T11:37:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Sydney Metro has exercised an option on the Northwest Rapid Transit consortium’s Operations, Trains Systems concession to cover the line’s second phase. In 2014 the consortium of MTR Corp, John Holland, CPB Contractors, UGL Rail and Plenary Group was awarded a PPP concession ...

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    Federal funds to boost Queensland projects

    2019-11-21T15:02:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The federal government has committed to increase funding for several railway projects in Queensland, as part of an A$3·8bn package of infrastructure spending announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on November 21. Described by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk as a ‘huge win’, the announcement followed ...

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    Digital signalling test centre to be built in Sydney

    2019-11-01T10:13:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Transport for New South Wales has invited expressions of interest in a contract to build a testing facility for digital signalling technology. To be built at the Rail Technology Campus at Chullora in western Sydney, the Digital Systems Facility would enable technologies to be tested ...

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    Carmichael rail link contract awarded

    2019-10-22T09:43:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Indian mining group Adani has awarded an A$100m contract to Martinus Rail for tracklaying on the 200 km rail link to its future Carmichael mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. The 1 067 mm gauge single-track line will connect the A$2bn mine to Aurizon’s existing Central ...

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    Gamuda buys into Australian rail market

    2019-10-08T08:52:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Malaysian civil engineering group Gamuda Bhd has agreed to purchase a 50% stake in Australian contractor Martinus Rail Pty Ltd, citing potential opportunities in the country’s pipeline of current and future railway projects. Under the partnership agreement announced on October 2, Gamuda Engineering Australia and ...

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    ‘Geographically largest’ contactless payment project completed

    2019-09-26T08:00:00Z

    Sydney AUSTRALIA: The roll-out of contactless payment in greater Sydney has been completed, with passengers able to use contactless cards and mobile devices or smart cards on all bus services within the Opal ticketing network from September 23. This follows the introduction of contactless payment across ...