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Victorian regional and airport links make progress THE Australian and Victorian governments have provided an update on the construction timeframes for the $A 1.75bn ($US 1.3bn) jointly-funded Regional Rail Revival programme, which will upgrade predominantly passenger rail lines across the state of Victoria.
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AUSTRALIAN freight operator Aurizon has reported a 6% increase in underlying earnings before interest and tax (Ebit) to $A 941m ($US 658.2m) for the 2017-18 financial year, up from $A 884m the previous year, which...
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HIGH-SPEED testing of Alstom Metropolis trains has begun on the first phase of the Sydney metro network, with trains regularly reaching speeds of 100km/h during daylight test runs. One test train recently reached 110km/h on the...
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VOSSLOH announced on August 3 that it had signed a contract with international engineering enterprise Laing O’Rourke for the acquisition of Australian concrete sleeper manufacturer Austrak, with closing expected in the third quarter of 2018...
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PASSENGER capacity on Auckland’s new City Rail Link, currently under construction, is set to be expanded as a result of patronage on the city's rail network rising faster than original projections.The project’s initial peak capacity...
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NEW Zealand national operator KiwiRail will restart its South Island Coastal Pacific passenger service on the Main North Line between Picton and Christchurch from December 1, two years operations were suspended due to the Kaikoura...
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ALSTOM has signed a €60m contract with Transport for Victoria (TfV), the Australian state’s public transport authority, to supply five additional six-car X’Trapolis EMUs for Melbourne’s suburban rail network.The order will expand TfV’s fleet delivered...
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WORK to excavate a 14m-deep trench that will contain twin tunnels under Britomart Station and Lower Queen Street as part of Auckland’s 3.45km double-track underground City Rail Link (CRL) began on July 24. The excavation follows...
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THE government of the Australian state of Victoria has announced that if re-elected in the forthcoming November state election it will provide up to $A 5bn ($US 3.5bn) towards the construction of a dedicated rail...
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THE New Zealand government has announced that it will allocate $NZ 250,000 ($US 170,000) through the provincial growth fund for a feasibility study to investigate the viability of a daily, two-way scenic train service between...
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THE NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), which is leading the procurement and delivery of the Auckland Light Rail programme, has announced will conduct market engagement with interested suppliers and industry participants in August.New Zealand’s transport minister,...

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