All Australasia articles – Page 7

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    Carmichael coal railway approved

    2016-12-14T09:20:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Indian energy group Adani has received the final approval from the federal government and the state of Queensland for its A$21·7bn project to develop the planned Carmichael coal mine in the north Galilee Basin, together with a 388 km 1 435 mm gauge rail link to a new export ...

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    Genesee & Wyoming completes Glencore acquisition

    2016-12-02T15:30:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Genesee & Wyoming Inc announced on December 1 that its subsidiary Genesee & Wyoming Australia had completed the acquisition of Glencore Rail for A$1·14bn. GWA had concurrently issued a 49% equity stake to funds managed by Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets. The acquisition of GRail, Australia’s third-largest coal haulage ...

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    Sydney EMU order to cope with growth

    2016-12-02T10:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: A further build of double-deck EMUs for the Sydney Trains suburban network forms the centrepiece of an A$1·5bn capital investment programme announced by New South Wales Transport Minister Andrew Constance on December 1. Designed to provide ‘an urgent uplift in customer service’, the More Trains, More Services programme is ...

  • Plenary Group has reached contractual close on the Victorian government’s A$2bn High Capacity Metro Trains project.
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    Melbourne High Capacity Metro Trains contract close

    2016-11-22T10:21:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Infrastructure investor Plenary Group announced on November 22 that it had reached contractual close on the Victorian government’s A$2bn High Capacity Metro Trains project. The PPP contract will see the Evolution Rail consortium of investor Plenary, design and technology lead CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles and delivery and maintenance lead ...

  • The procurement of new trainsets to replace the XPT fleet is to begin earlier than planned, the New South Wales government has announced.
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    NSW fleet replacement accelerated

    2016-10-31T14:55:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The procurement of new trainsets to replace the XPT passenger fleet is to begin the first half of 2017, two years earlier than planned, New South Wales Deputy Premier Troy Grant and Minister for Transport & Infrastructure Andrew Constance confirmed on October 28. An additional A$50m has been committed ...

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    G&W and Macquarie to buy Glencore Rail coal haulage business

    2016-10-20T09:41:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Genesee & Wyoming Inc announced on October 20 that it had entered into agreements to acquire mining company Glencore’s Hunter Valley coal haulage business for A$1·14bn. G&W will concurrently issue a 49% equity stake in Genesee & Wyoming Australia to funds managed by Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets, saying ...

  • RCR Tomlinson has signed a 10-year agreement to manufacture and distribute Kiruna Wagon’s Helix Dumper wagon and unloading terminal.
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    Kiruna Wagon signs Australian licensing agreement

    2016-10-14T13:25:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Perth-based engineering and infrastructure company RCR Tomlinson has signed a 10-year agreement to manufacture and distribute Swedish company Kiruna Wagon’s Helix Dumper wagon and unloading terminal design in Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. The Helix Dumper system uses a spiral-like structure to tip 100 tonne capacity wagons ...

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    Evolution Rail to supply Melbourne high capacity EMUs

    2016-09-12T10:25:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The Evolution Rail consortium of Downer, CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles and Plenary Group announced on September 12 that it had been selected as preferred bidder to supply 65 High Capacity Metro Trains for use on the Melbourne suburban network. Downer Group is acting as delivery and maintenance lead ...

  • Formed of a pair of SMU three-car suburban EMUs, the first test train reached Kippa-Ring on March 16. Photo: Queensland Rail/Matt Green
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    First train to Moreton Bay

    2016-03-23T09:19:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Queensland Rail has started test running on the 12·6 km Moreton Bay Rail Link, which is expected to open for revenue service later this year. Following energisation of the 25 kV 50 Hz electrification in January, the first test EMU operated over the line on March 16. Diverging from ...

  • Aurizon has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Progress Rail Services for a long-term maintenance and spare parts supply deal (Photo: Aurizon).
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    Aurizon and Progress Rail announce maintenance agreement

    2016-03-21T06:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Aurizon has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Progress Rail Services for a long-term maintenance and spare parts supply deal, as part of a programme intended to achieve savings of A$380m in 2015-18. Progress Rail was chosen following a competitive tender. A final agreement is expected to ...

  • Upgrading of the North Coast Line will increase capacity for freight traffic to and from Cairns. Photo: John Kirk
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    Queensland to fund rail upgrading

    2016-03-17T11:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: A$95m has been allocated for upgrading work and capacity improvement projects on Queensland’s North Coast Line in a A$500m State Infrastructure Fund announced by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on March 13. The additional capacity is needed to support growing freight traffic, including minerals and agricultural produce. The announcement was made ...

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    Transdev signs Wellington operating contract

    2016-03-17T10:31:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: Greater Wellington Regional Council signed a contract on March 15 for Transdev Wellington Ltd to operate suburban rail services in the capital. Transdev Wellington is a joint venture of Transdev, which has operated rail services in Auckland since 2004, and Hyundai Rotem which will maintain the Metro Rail ...

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    Sydney Trains to build integrated control centre

    2016-03-04T09:26:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Sydney Trains is to develop an integrated Rail Operations Centre at a cost of A$276m, New South Wales Minister for Transport & Infrastructure Andrew Constance announced on March 2. To be located at Green Square, on the Airport line south of the city centre, the ROC is expected to ...

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    Built awarded Flinders Street station contract

    2016-03-02T12:08:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Built Pty Ltd has been awarded a contract to refurbish the historic administration building at Melbourne’s Flinders Street station, Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan announced on March 1. The work will include repairing the leaking roof, restoring the ‘crumbling’ façade and re-painting ...

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    Queensland NGR maintenance depot completed

    2016-02-12T10:08:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: On February 13 Bombardier and Queensland government ministers will officially open the depot to maintain the electric multiple-units that it is supplying under the Queensland New Generation Rollingstock programme. The facility at Wulkuraka near Ipswich cost A$190m to build. Work was undertaken by Laing O’Rourke between February 2014 ...

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    Melbourne’s Cranbourne – Pakenham line to be elevated

    2016-02-10T09:40:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: A 2·7 km section of the Cranbourne – Pakenham suburban line in southeast Melbourne is to be rebuilt on an elevated alignment under a A$1·6bn contract announced by Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews on February 9. Upgrading of the busy line serving the Dandenong region is part of a ...

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    Queensland NGR EMU cars shipped from Mumbai

    2016-02-01T09:26:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The first six of 450 electric multiple-unit cars which Bombardier Transportation is building at its Savli plant in India under Queensland’s A$4·4bn New Generation Rollingstock contract were shipped from the Port of Mumbai at the end of January. Following testing the first units are expected to enter service in ...

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    Gold Coast double-tracking contract awarded

    2015-12-18T12:55:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The Queensland government announced on December 16 that it had awarded Golding Contractors a contract for civils works related to double-tracking of part of the Gold Coast – Brisbane line. Due to begin in March, the A$163m project would double 8·2 km of the 1 067 mm gauge ...

  • Greater Wellington Regional Council has selected a joint venture of Transdev and Hyundai Rotem as preferred bidder to operate suburban rail services.
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    Wellington chooses suburban rail operator

    2015-12-17T10:47:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: Greater Wellington Regional Council announced the selection of a joint venture between Transdev and Hyundai Rotem as preferred bidder for a contract to operate the capital’s suburban rail services on December 17. Formal award is planned for March. A Keolis Downer-KiwiRail joint venture and Serco had also ...

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    Australia runs 1 250 m long grain train

    2015-12-14T07:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Southern Shorthaul Railroad and the Australian Rail Track Corp have co-operated to run what they say is the longest export grain train in the country’s history. At 1 250 m long, the five-loco, 73-wagon train is more than twice the length of regular grain trains on the line. ...