All Australasia articles – Page 5

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    Sydney to get second airport rail link


    AUSTRALIA: The federal and New South Wales state governments have agreed to build a rail link to serve the planned Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek, which is expected to open in 2026. Launching the Western Sydney City Deal on March 4, Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull and NSW Premier Gladys ...

  • Work is already underway to clear the site of the future Cross River Rail station and busway interchange at Woolloongabba.

    Five consortia shortlisted for Cross River Rail


    AUSTRALIA: The Queensland state government has shortlisted ‘a strong field of national and multinational companies’ to bid for the two main works packages to build and equip the A$5·4bn Cross River Rail link in Brisbane, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad announced on February 20. The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority invited ...

  • Metro Trains Melbourne services began using the new elevated station at Noble Park on February 15. (Photos: John Kirk)

    Melbourne opens elevated rail alignment


    AUSTRALIA: Revenue services began operating on a new elevated alignment through the Melbourne suburb of Noble Park on February 15, when the Victoria state government’s Level Crossing Removal Authority commissioned the first section of viaduct on the Cranbourne-Pakenham line. A 2·7 km section of the city’s busiest suburban line through ...

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    Uncertainty derails Aurizon’s Galilee plans


    AUSTRALIA: Prospects for the construction of rail links to serve controversial mining developments in Queensland’s Galilee Basin coal reserves have been thrown into doubt after heavy haul operator Aurizon announced on February 9 that it had decided to withdraw its application for funding from the federal government’s Northern Australia Infrastructure ...

  • Electric trains have been running on the Adelaide - Seaford route since February 2014, but the electrification of other lines was suspended.

    Adelaide electrification contract awarded


    AUSTRALIA: Electrification of the 40 km Adelaide – Gawler suburban route is set to resume in the coming weeks, following the award of a contract for the first phase of the A$615m project. The South Australia state government announced on January 18 that it had selected Lendlease to complete 25 ...

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    Ballarat Line upgrading contract signed


    AUSTRALIA: Upgrading and capacity enhancement works on the Melbourne – Ballarat line in Victoria are to be completed by late 2019, under a A$551·7m contract announced on January 16. Funded by the state and federal governments, as part of the A$1·6bn Regional Rail Revival initiative, the project is being managed ...

  • Bombardier Transportation is to supply a further nine three-car VLocity diesel multiple-units to Transport for Victoria.

    Bombardier to supply more VLocity DMUs


    AUSTRALIA: Bombardier Transportation has been awarded a A$146m contract to supply a further nine three-car VLocity diesel multiple-units to Transport for Victoria. Deliveries are scheduled for 2019, and will take the state’s VLocity fleet to 88 units. The 160 km/h DMUs will continue to be manufactured in Dandenong, and will ...

  • Several of the Bombardier-built NGR EMUs are currently being tested on the Queensland Rail network around Brisbane. (Photo: John Kirk)

    NGR EMUs ready to enter service in Brisbane


    AUSTRALIA: The first of 75 New Generation Rollingstock trainsets being built by Bombardier for the Brisbane suburban network are expected to begin carrying passengers on December 11, Queensland Rail Chief Executive Officer Nick Easy confirmed on December 6. With 70% of Queensland’s population growth expected in the South-East region, the ...

  • Three consortia have been shortlisted for the contract to replace the NSW TrainLink regional rail fleet of XPT, Endeavour and Xplorer trains.

    New South Wales fleet replacement advances


    AUSTRALIA: Three consortia have been shortlisted for the contract to replace the NSW TrainLink regional rail fleet of XPT, Endeavour and Xplorer trains, the New South Wales state government has announced. The bidders are: Regional Futures, led by Downer; Bombardier Consortium; Momentum Trains, led by CAF. ...

  • Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and representatives of Guide Dogs Victoria inspect the High Capacity Metro Train mock-up.

    High Capacity Metro Train mock-up supports design process


    AUSTRALIA: The Evolution Rail consortium of Downer, CRRC and Plenary has produced a full-scale mock up of the 65 electric multiple-units for Melbourne suburban services which it is to supply and maintain under the Victorian government’s High Capacity Metro Trains PPP contract. As part of the design process, the 39 ...

  • Progress Rail said the acquisition would strengthen its Australian footprint.

    Progress Rail to acquire Downer EDI’s freight activities


    AUSTRALIA: Downer EDI announced on November 21 that it had signed an agreement to sell its freight business to Progress Rail for A$109m. The sale of the freight rolling stock, aftermarket and services activities is expected to close in January. It includes customer contracts, 15 facilities including those at Malaga, ...

  • The Value of Rail report was launched by the Australasian Railway Association at AusRail Plus.

    ARA emphasises the Value of Rail


    AUSRAIL: Australia’s rail industry contributed around A$26bn to the national economy in 2016, according to the Value of Rail report launched by the Australasian Railway Association at AusRail Plus on November 21. Prepared for ARA by Deloitte Access Economics, the report is intended to highlight the many ways that ...

  • Siemens Australia Chairman Jeff Connolly(left) and ARA CEO Danny Broad launched the Brisbane ETCS technology centre at AusRail Plus 2017 on November 21.

    Siemens to develop Queensland ETCS hub


    AUSRAIL: In a ceremony during the first day of the AusRail Plus 2017 exhibition, Siemens announced on November 21 that it is investing A$4·8m to develop an ETCS technology centre in Brisbane, to support its signalling activities across Australia, New Zealand and the Southeast Asia region. The company said it ...

  • Wabtec subsidiary Faiveley Transport is to supply subsystems and maintenance services for 56 double-deck EMUs which the RailConnect NSW consortium is to supply for NSW TrainLink Intercity services.

    Faiveley Transport to supply NSW EMU subsystems


    AUSTRALIA: Wabtec Corp subsidiary Faiveley Transport has been awarded contracts totalling more than US$150m to supply subsystems and maintenance services for 56 double-deck electric multiple-units which the RailConnect NSW consortium of Hyundai Rotem, UGL and Mitsubishi Electric Australia is to supply for NSW TrainLink Intercity services. Faiveley sites in Australia, ...

  • Auckland Transport has ordered a further 15 CAF electric multiple-units.

    Battery option in Auckland order for more CAF EMUs


    NEW ZEALAND: Auckland Transport and CAF signed a NZ$$133m contract on November 7 covering the supply of a further 15 three-car electric multiple-units from 2019 and the provision of eight years of maintenance. The order is being funded by NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Council. There is provision in the ...

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    TasRail selects freight planning software


    AUSTRALIA: TasRail has awarded Biarri Rail a contract to supply its Boss MP cloud-based operations planning and scheduling software in a three-stage process which will run until early 2019. ‘If for example we have a new customer that wants to move several million tonnes of freight via rail, we ...

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    Rio Tinto operates first fully-autonomous test train


    AUSTRALIA: Rio Tinto has successfully operated its first fully-autonomous freight train on its iron ore network in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, the company announced on October 2. The 100 km pilot run from Wombat Junction to Paraburdoo was completed without a driver on board. Throughout the trip, the ...

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    Western Australia budget backs rail growth


    AUSTRALIA: The Western Australian government has allocated A$1·4bn for rail investment as part of its 2017-18 budget announced on September 8. The bulk of the money is destined for the Metronet programme to expand and upgrade the Perth suburban rail network, over the next four years. This includes federal funding ...

  • Metro Trains Melbourne is to continue to operate and maintain the city's suburban rail network.

    Melbourne suburban rail operating contract awarded


    AUSTRALIA: Metro Trains Melbourne is to continue to operate and maintain the city's suburban rail network, Victoria's Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan announced on September 12. MTM is a joint venture of MTR Corp (60%), John Holland Group (20%) and UGL Rail Services (20%). It has operated the 390 ...

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    CRRC presents Melbourne EMU mock-up


    AUSTRALIA: Evolution Rail has presented to Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allen a 39 m long mock-up of the electrical multiple-unit cars that it is supplying to operate Melbourne’s suburban network. Last year the Evolution Rail consortium of Plenary, CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles and Downer Group was awarded ...