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Melbourne EMU order to keep Alstom plant open THE Premier of the Australian state of Victoria Mr Daniel Andrews announced on March 3 that the state will place an order for five additional six-car X'Trapolis EMUs for the Melbourne suburban network, safeguarding the immediate future of the Alstom assembly plant at Ballarat.
melbourne-emu-order-to-keep-alstom-plant-open
THE Premier of the Australian state of Victoria Mr Daniel Andrews announced on March 3 that the state will place an order for five additional six-car X'Trapolis EMUs for the Melbourne suburban network, safeguarding the...
sydney-cbd-light-rail-reaches-financial-close
SYDNEY's CBD and South East Light Rail line light rail project took another step towards the start of construction on February 25, when the Altrac Light Rail consortium of Acciona Infrastructure Australia, Transdev Sydney, Alstom...
genesee--wyoming-to-acquire-freightliner
GENESEE & Wyoming (G&W) announced on February 24 that it has agreed to acquire a 95% stake in Britain's Freightliner Group from Arcapita and other shareholders for $US 755m in cash. G&W will assume around £8.5m...
aurizon-half-year-profits-up-despite-traffic-drop
AUSTRALIAN railfreight operator Aurizon has increased net profit by 188% to $A 308m ($US 240m) for the first half of the 2014-15 financial year ending December 31 2014, compared with the first half of 2013-14,...
melbourne-metro-rail-project-back-on-track
THE government of the Australian state of Victoria has indicated its commitment to the Melbourne Metro Rail project by providing $A 40m ($US 31.1m) in funding to immediately establish a statutory authority to oversee planning...
sydney-opens-south-west-rail-link
THE South West Rail Link (SWRL) extension to the Sydney Trains suburban network from Glenfield to Leppington was officially opened to the public on February 7. The premier of the state of New South Wales Mr...
canberra-expands-light-rail-project
THE government of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has announced that the option for an extension to the Capital Metro light rail network from Canberra city centre to the suburb of Russell will be included...
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DOWNER EDI announced on February 4 that it has secured a 10-year contract worth around $A 1bn ($US 782m) to maintain more than 300 locomotives for Pacific National, Australia's largest private railfreight operator. Downer says the...
sydney’s-north-west-rail-link-reaches-first-milestone
THE first tunnel boring machine on Sydney's North West Rail Link has broken through into the future Norwest station and the project is already ahead of schedule and under budget. "It was only in September...
auckland-to-launch-light-rail-study
THE board of Auckland Transport has called for studies to be carried out into the construction of a light rail network in New Zealand's largest city. The announcement on January 23 coincided with the start of...