Australasia

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    Urban news

    Sydney tenders western airport metro works

    2020-11-27T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Prequalification has started for a second package of civil engineering works on the planned metro line to serve the future Western Sydney International Airport and the proposed Western Parkland City. Construction of the new international airport is already underway. ...

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    Rainbow Serpent of the Dreamtime inspires track machine decoration

    2020-11-24T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Indigenous artworks have been applied to a New Track Construction machine being used by John Holland in the Pilbara region. The firm is undertaking a A$130m contract to lay 143 km of track and undertake infrastructure and signalling works as ...

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    Contactless payment introduced in Adelaide

    2020-11-19T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Conduent Transportation has deployed a contactless open payment system for the Adelaide tram network, enabling passengers to use Visa, MasterCard and NFC-enabled smart devices to pay their fares. It uses Conduent’s Atlas platform, which was already used by the South Australian Public Transport Authority, with ...

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    State budget backs Melbourne ring line

    2020-11-18T14:09:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Prequalification will start by the end of 2020 for work on Melbourne’s orbital Suburban Rail Loop, Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews announced on November 16. The 90 km underground line will run from Cheltenham in the south to Werribee in the west via the ...

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    Urban news

    Sydney travel app adds social distancing information

    2020-11-17T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Transport for New South Wales has worked with Amazon Web Services, digital services company Tigerspike and transport software developer AppJourney to add physical distancing and passenger occupancy notifications for Sydney Trains and metro services to the Opal Travel app. Passengers can receive real time alerts ...

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    Narrabri – North Star upgrading contract signed

    2020-11-10T12:23:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: An A$650m contract for the next phase of the Inland Rail corridor has been signed by Australian Rail Track Corp and the Trans4m Rail joint venture.

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    Competence management technology company looks to Asia-Pacific market

    2020-10-25T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Competence management technology and training company AssessTech has opened an office in Brisbane to serve the Asia-Pacific region. Graham Force has been appointed as Business Development Manager, initially focusing on Australia and New Zealand. ‘We see huge potential for us to help improve competence ...

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    Morley – Ellenbrook line construction contract awarded

    2020-10-21T13:31:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The MELconnx Consortium has been awarded the contract to design and build the 21 km Morley – Ellenbrook line to serve the northeast suburbs of Perth. The A$700m contract was signed on October 18 by the Western Australia government and the Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction-led ...

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    A$370m Sydney Metro station contract awarded

    2020-10-20T14:42:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government has awarded construction company AW Edwards a $370m contract to build and fit out Crows Nest station on the Sydney Metro City Southwest project. The site has already been excavated to a depth of 25 m by Sydney ...

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    Adelaide tram software contract

    2020-10-19T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The Torrens Connect joint venture of John Holland, UGL and bus operator Torrens Transit selected Trapeze to supply planning and scheduling software software to support its succesful bid for the Adelaide tram operating contract, leading to a subsequent long-term roll-out. ‘Using the Trapeze software to ...

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    Auckland awards P2P electrification contract

    2020-10-07T16:34:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: KiwiRail has awarded the eTRACS joint venture of John Holland and McConnell Dowell an early contractor involvement contract to develop the southern extension of Auckland’s suburban electrification from Papakura to Pukekohe. The NZ$371m P2P Electrification Project will see the installation of 25 kV 50 ...

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    John Holland to build Stage 3 of Gold Coast light rail

    2020-10-06T13:49:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Gold Coast Light Rail project company GoldlinQ has selected John Holland as preferred bidder for design and construction of the Stage 3 extension to Burleigh Heads. Following an initial call for expressions of interest, GoldlinQ shortlisted three bidders in February to submit final tenders. John ...

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    Bowen Rail prepares to haul Carmichael coal

    2020-09-24T13:07:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Queensland-based Bowen Rail Company has applied to the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator for accreditation as a train operating company, having already started the procurement of locomotives and wagons. Describing itself as a ‘next-generation rail business, created to transport Queensland’s high quality ...

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    Keolis Downer to run Adelaide suburban network

    2020-09-21T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Keolis Downer has been awarded an A$2·1bn contract to operate the 122 km Adelaide Metro suburban rail network for eight years from the end of January 2021, with an optional four-year extension.

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    Inland Rail first phase completed

    2020-09-17T04:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Celebrations were held at Peak Hill in the central west of New South Wales on September 15 to mark completion of the first section of the 1 700 km Inland Rail corridor between Melbourne and Brisbane.

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    Victoria orders standard gauge VLocity DMUs

    2020-09-15T14:05:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The government of Victoria has exercised an option for Bombardier Transportation to supply a further 18 three-car VLocity diesel multiple-units from its Dandenong factory. The order announced on September 15 has been placed under an agreement initially signed in 2018. It covers 12 additional DMUs ...

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    East Swanson rail terminal agreed

    2020-09-15T06:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Port of Melbourne has reached agreement with Patrick Terminals to develop a rail terminal at Swanson Dock East as part of plans to boost the proportion of the port’s throughput moving by rail.

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    Freight: Unlocking access to Australia’s largest port

    2020-09-11T12:56:00Z

    Despite surging growth in in recent years, the port of Melbourne remains heavily reliant on road haulage, causing major impacts in the nearby city centre. So the state government and port operator are redoubling efforts to shift more freight to rail after a number of false starts. John Kirk reports.

  • Ricardo and Seoul Metro have been appointed to act as the shadow operator to support two projects to expand Sydney’s driverless metro network.
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    Shadow operator appointed to support Sydney metro expansion

    2020-09-09T10:54:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Ricardo and Seoul Metro have been appointed to act as the shadow operator to support two projects to expand Sydney’s driverless metro network. Sydney Metro West would run 25 km underground from Parramatta to the central business district, while the 23 km Western Sydney Airport ...

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    Tamworth Intermodal Rail Line funding announced

    2020-09-04T08:48:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The government of New South Wales has announced A$28m of funding for the Tamworth Intermodal Rail Line to reinstate a section of non-operational railway between West Tamworth and Barraba. This will provide a rail route to a planned intermodal facility at Westdale near Tamworth. Construction ...