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Australia - Articles and news items

Transport for NSW introduces extra capacity for trains to the Blue Mountains

Rail industry news / 5 June 2017 /

Commuters and tourists to have more express services, more seats and reduced travel times to Blue Mountains destinations.

Australian government to invest $20 billion in rail

Rail industry news / 11 May 2017 /

The federal executive government of Australia is investing $20 billion in rail to cut congestion and create thousands of new jobs.

PTV orders 9 additional X’Trapolis trainsets for Melbourne suburban rail network

Rail industry news / 21 February 2017 /

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) has signed a contract with Alstom for the supply of nine additional X’Trapolis trainsets for the Melbourne suburban rail network.

Customer focus needed for rail freight growth in Australia…

Issue 5 2016 / 6 September 2016 /

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) manages the Australian interstate rail network and the Hunter Valley coal rail network in New South Wales – which supports the largest coal export port in the world. We have a number of exciting projects underway to grow freight volumes and rail’s place in the Australian freight market.

Australia receives its first ETCS Level 2 signalling system in Sydney

Rail industry news / 29 June 2016 /

Alstom has delivered and fitted Australia’s first European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 signalling system covering suburbs in the south of Sydney.

First of 75 new Queensland EMUs arrives in Brisbane for commuter service

Rail industry news / 17 February 2016 /

The first of 75 new Queensland EMUs has arrived in Brisbane, Australia for rollout across the South East Queensland passenger rail network over the next three years.

Australia’s Inland Rail technical services tender open

Rail industry news / 6 November 2015 /

The Australian Government has announced a Technical and Engineering Advisory Services tender for the Inland Rail project linking Melbourne and Brisbane.

ARA – building a brighter future for rail in the Australasian region

Issue 5 2014 / 18 September 2014 /

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) is the peak body representing 170 passenger, freight, track operators and the wider rail supply industry in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia, explains Bryan Nye – the Association’s Chief Executive Officer. Our fundamental purpose is to create an environment that will permit the Australasian rail industry to prosper. When issues arise that affect the whole industry, the ARA takes the lead facilitating an industry response.

Australia’s biggest public transport project is underway

Issue 5 2014 / 18 September 2014 /

Australia’s first fully-automated rapid transit rail system – the AU$8.3 billion North West Rail Link1 is a new direction for rail services – not just for Sydney, but for the entire country. Gladys Berejiklian – Minister for Transport in the Government of New South Wales, Australia, provides more details about how the project has taken shape, construction details to soon follow, and what the future will be like.

Improving Melbourne’s metropolitan train system one step at a time

Issue 4 2010 / 3 August 2010 /

Six months in to its contract as operator of Melbourne’s metropolitan train network, Metro’s focus is firmly on improving asset reliability, simplifying the timetable and making every minute count.

In 2009, the Victorian Government selected a new contractor to operate Melbourne’s metropolitan rail services. The network assets, which are Government-owned and funded, have been privately operated and maintained since 1999.

On 30 November 2009, Metro Trains Melbourne (Metro) began operations, taking over from former operator Connex (Connex was involved in the management of Melbourne’s rail network since it was privatised, and assumed full operational control of the network in 2000).