All Australasia articles – Page 6

  • TasRail has appointed a penguin specialist from Birdlife Tasmania to provide advice on the protection of habitats during coastal erosion and landslip prevention works.
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    Penguin specialist supports rail infrastructure project

    2017-08-17T14:04:49Z

    AUSTRALIA: TasRail has appointed a penguin specialist from BirdLife Tasmania to provide advice on the protection of habitats during coastal erosion and landslip prevention works which are expected to get underway in November. The request for tenders requires the contractors to consider environmental constraints and bird life during the work ...

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    NSW regional train fleet to be replaced

    2017-08-15T15:15:02Z

    AUSTRALIA: The entire New South Wales regional train fleet is to be replaced and a new maintenance depot built at Dubbo, state Deputy Premier John Barilaro announced on August 14. Plans to replace the XPT fleet of 60 coaches and 19 power cars used on NSW TrainLink serves linking Sydney, ...

  • Aurizon Holdings Ltd has announced its intention to withdraw from the intermodal freight market.
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    Aurizon to quit intermodal freight

    2017-08-14T12:55:41Z

    AUSTRALIA: Aurizon Holdings Ltd has announced its intention to withdraw from the intermodal market, with the closure or sale of its activities in the sector. The decision announced on August 14 followed a 12-month review of options including retention, divestment, joint ventures or the closure of activities that it felt ...

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    Electric-battery multiple-units planned for Auckland

    2017-07-31T13:37:25Z

    NEW ZEALAND: An order for 17 electric multiple-units equipped with batteries for off-wire operation between Papakura and Pukekohe has been approved in principle by Auckland Council’s Finance & Performance Committee. The units would be supplied by CAF, which has already delivered 57 three-car Class AM 25 kV 50 Hz suburban ...

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    Inland Rail consultation starts

    2017-07-20T09:12:33Z

    AUSTRALIA: Another milestone for the long-planned Inland Rail corridor was reached on July 19, when the New South Wales state government released the Environmental Impact Statement for the Parkes – Narromine upgrading project in New South Wales. Project promoter ARTC says public consultation on the EIS will run until August ...

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    Brookfield Rail becomes Arc Infrastructure

    2017-07-17T10:13:08Z

    AUSTRALIA: Western Australia’s infrastructure management concessionaire Brookfield Rail announced on July 17 that the company was changing its name to Arc Infrastructure. CEO Paul Larsen said the move was ‘an exciting time for our business. While we remain a Brookfield company, we’re looking forward to creating our own unique identity’. ...

  • NSW TrainLink has awarded Perpetuum a five-year contract to collect and monitor rolling stock and track information using sensors which will be fitted to XPT power cars.
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    XPT train and track monitoring contract awarded

    2017-07-04T07:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: New South Wales TrainLink has awarded remote conditioning monitoring specialist Perpetuum a five-year contract to collect and monitor rolling stock and track information using sensors which will be fitted to the fleet of XPT power cars used on inter-city passenger services. This is the UK-based company’s first multi-year contract ...

  • Agreements were signed by Finance Minister Steven Joyce, Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff.
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    Auckland City Rail Link project company established

    2017-07-03T11:16:51Z

    NEW ZEALAND: Dedicated company City Rail Link Ltd assumed responsibility for delivering Auckland’s cross-city rail project with effect from July 1, the day after agreements were signed by Finance Minister Steven Joyce, Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff. ‘City Rail Link Limited is a new company ...

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    Passenger assistance to be stepped up as NGR EMUs enter service

    2017-06-29T08:42:38Z

    AUSTRALIA: Queensland Rail is to recruit additional station staff to assist mobility-impaired passengers using the six-car EMUs being supplied to Queensland Rail under the New Generation Rollingstock PPP concession. The first of 75 sets are now expected to enter service later this year, CEO Nick Easy confirmed on June 27. ...

  • A joint venture of McConnell Dowell and Martinus Rail has been selected for stages 2, 3 and 4 of the Murray Basin Rail Project (Photo: Henry Owen).
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    Murray Basin gauge conversion contract awarded

    2017-06-27T08:58:09Z

    AUSTRALIA: A contract for regauging and upgrading more than 1 000 route-km of railway serving the Murray Basin region was announced on June 26 by Federal Minister for Infrastructure & Transport Darren Chester and Victoria’s Acting Minister for Public Transport Luke Donnellan. A joint venture of McConnell Dowell and Martinus ...

  • Siemens has announced the acquisition of predictive maintenance specialist MRX Technologies.
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    Siemens acquires predictive maintenance specialist MRX Technologies

    2017-06-23T14:52:09Z

    AUSTRALIA: Siemens has announced the acquisition of predictive maintenance specialist MRX Technologies Group for an undisclosed price. The transaction is expected to be completed in early July, with MRX Technologies to be managed as a legally independent business within Siemens’ Mobility Division. Comprising JRB Engineering, MRX Technologies, MRX Rail Services ...

  • The planned Wollooongabba station site is to be used as the main construction base for boring the cross-city tunnels.
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    Brisbane to start work on Cross River Rail

    2017-06-15T11:11:14Z

    AUSTRALIA: Enabling works to facilitate construction of the A$5·4bn Cross River Rail project in Brisbane are to start in September, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister for Infrastructure Jackie Trad announced on June 14. The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority has approved demolition work at the GoPrint site, a former ...

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    KiwiRail and CRL funded in NZ$1bn budget allocation

    2017-05-26T09:09:25Z

    NEW ZEALAND: The government has allocated almost NZ$1bn for rail investment as part of its annual budget unveiled by Finance Minister Steven Joyce on May 25, including support for national operator KiwiRail and a first tranche of capital investment for construction of Auckland's City Rail Link. The government has agreed ...

  • Aubin Grove station on Perth’s suburban Mandurah Line opened on April 23.
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    Aubin Grove station opens

    2017-04-26T09:27:44Z

    AUSTRALIA: Aubin Grove station on Perth’s suburban Mandurah Line opened on April 23. The station was built at a cost of A$72m as part of the A$125m Aubin Grove road and rail project. It has 2 000 parking bays, along with bicycle facilities, six bus feeder services, a kiosk, toilets, ...

  • CRRC and KiwiRail have signed a letter of intent to expand their co-operation.
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    Railway supply industry news round-up

    2017-03-31T06:00:00Z

    CRRC and KiwiRail signed a letter of intent to expand their co-operation during a visit to New Zealand by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on March 27. Chinese companies have delivered diesel locomotives and wagons to New Zealand since 2009, and future projects could involve the passenger rolling stock sector. Northland ...

  • The historic building from Newmarket has been relocated to the new Parnell station.
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    Auckland opens Parnell station

    2017-03-15T10:31:22Z

    NEW ZEALAND: A new station serving the eastern side of Auckland’s city centre was officially opened on March 13. Located on the site of former railway sidings on the steeply-graded climb from Britomart terminus to the junction at Newmarket, Parnell station is intended to serve the Auckland Domain, the University ...

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    Western Sydney Airport rail study consortium appointed

    2017-03-09T10:58:49Z

    AUSTRALIA: A consortium led by SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit and including Aquenta, Architectus, Norman Disney & Young, SMEC and Stacey Agnew has been selected to undertake the Rail Feasibility Design study which will provide detailed costings and timescales for the proposed rail link to the future Western Sydney Airport at ...

  • The rail industry around the world marked International Women's Day on March 8 2017.
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    Rail industry marks International Women's Day 2017

    2017-03-08T13:36:29Z

    INTERNATIONAL: The railway operations and supply industries around the world marked International Women's Day on March 8. Special events were organised, and the diverse range of career opportunities available in the rail sector was highlighted.

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    More X’Trapolis EMUs for Melbourne

    2017-02-21T10:20:35Z

    AUSTRALIA: Public Transport Victoria has signed a €100m contract for Alstom to supply a further nine six-car X’Trapolis 1·5 kV DC electric multiple-units for Melbourne's 1 600 mm gauge suburban network. Announcing the order on February 21, Alstom said production was expected to begin at its Ballarat plant later ...

  • KiwiRail is to cease electric haulage of freight trains on the North Island Main Trunk line (Photo: Cody Cooper/CC BY-SA 3.0).
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    KiwiRail to end electric freight haulage

    2016-12-21T14:29:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: Following two years of studies, national railway KiwiRail announced on December 21 that it had decided to cease electric haulage of freight trains on the North Island Main Trunk line in favour of using diesel locomotives. Electric traction will be phased out over the next two years, but ...