All Australasia articles – Page 12

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    Rail boost in 2014-19 Nation Building investment plan


    AUSTRALIA: Announcing its 2013-14 budget on May 14, the federal government set out a preliminary schedule for the major rail projects to be undertaken within the next Nation Building five-year investment programme, which will run from July 2014 to 2019. The biggest rail projects are A$3bn for the Melbourne Metro ...

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    Competitive tendering planned for Queensland


    AUSTRALIA: The Queensland state government has accepted recommendations to open up the passenger rail operations and infrastructure maintenance markets in its response to the final report of the Queensland Commission of Audit which was set up last year to provide strategic economic advice. In ' A Plan: Better services for ...

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    Rio Tinto orders Wabtec ECP braking equipment


    AUSTRALIA: On April 30 Wabtec Corp announced an US$15m order to provide electronically-controlled pneumatic braking equipment including software for use on heavy haul locomotives and wagons operated by Rio Tinto in the Pilbara region. Delivery is scheduled for this year. The contract follows on from previous orders to supply ECP ...

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    Australian high speed rail study published


    AUSTRALIA: What Minister for Infrastructure & Transport Anthony Albanese called 'the most detailed and comprehensive study ever undertaken into high speed rail in this country' was published on April 11. The study identifies a potential 1 748 km route for a double-track electrified high speed line between Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra ...

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    Roy Hill railway contract awarded


    AUSTRALIA: Construction of the proposed 342 km railway to serve the Roy Hill iron ore mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia is on course for completion by November 2015, following the award of an A$5·9bn contract to Samsung C&T. Under the deal, South Korea’s second largest construction company ...

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    Queensland coal railway terms agreed


    AUSTRALIA: Aurizon and GVK Hancock have signed non-binding terms for the development of a 495 km standard gauge railway and associated port infrastructure capable of handling 60 mtpa which would enable the exploitation of coal reserves in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. Last year GVK Hancock received primary environmental approvals for the ...

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    Second batch of KiwiRail locomotives roll out


    NEW ZEALAND: The first of the second batch of CNR Dalian diesel locomotives ordered by KiwiRail was rolled out at the Chinese factory on March 13. KiwiRail ordered an initial 20 Class DL locomotives in September 2009, in CNR's first order to supply diesel locomotives to a western country. Powered ...

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    Brisbane EMU suppliers shortlisted


    AUSTRALIA: The Queensland state government has shortlisted two consortia for a PPP concession to supply a fleet of at least 75 six-car EMUs to operate Brisbane suburban services, Transport & Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson confirmed on March 5. He added the New Generation Rolling Stock programme was Queensland’s ...

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    Qube orders CSR Ziyang locomotives


    AUSTRALIA: Qube Logistics has ordered six diesel locomotives from Chinese supplier CSR Ziyang. The contract was signed in Sydney on January 31, with advance payment received by the manufacturer in February and delivery expected by the end of this year. Qube has secured several new rail freight contracts, and expects ...

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    Downer awarded Gosford Passing Loops Project contract


    AUSTRALIA: Transport for New South Wales has awarded Downer EDI a A$90m contract to undertake infrastructure works for the Gosford Passing Loops Project, one of four work packages forming part of the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor Program. Downer will be responsible for the design and construction of two passing loops ...

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    Australia consolidates rail safety regulation


    AUSTRALIA: A consolidation of safety regulation and accident investigation for the rail industry comes into force on January 20, when National Rail Safety Regulator Rob Andrews officially takes up his post and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau becomes the National Rail Safety Investigator. Replacing separate state and territory regulatory regimes ...