URUGUAYAN State Railways (AFE) has announced that it will withdraw all passenger services this week, with the exception of two trains per day on the line from Montevideo 25 de Agosto (one of which runs only as far as Progreso).
THE transport ministers of Australia's state and territory governments have agreed to replace the country's seven state-based railway regulators with a new National Rail Safety Regulator, which will be based in Adelaide and come into operation in January 2013.
RAIL Corporation New South Wales (RailCorp), which is responsible for the operation and maintenance of Sydney's regional and metropolitan rail network, is to be split into two separate entities under plans announced today by NSW transport minister Ms Gladys Berejiklian.
SPAIN'S Development Minister Mrs Ana Pastor has confirmed that the government is planning to abolish metre-gauge railway authority, Feve, and split its activities between national train operator Renfe and infrastructure manager Adif, both of which are currently state-owned.
THE CEO of the Australasian Railway Association, Mr Bryan Nye, wants the Australian government to consider high-speed rail as part of the solution to solving congestion at Sydney airport. Nye says plans for a second Sydney airport make it clear that airport capacity constraints must be addressed.
The Sydney - Melbourne air route transports 7.9 million passengers a year, while another 1.1 million people fly annually between Sydney and Canberra.
"A 350km/h Sydney - Melbourne high-speed rail link with a 2h 50min travel time would see 60% of air travellers change to rail," says Nye. "This shift to rail would free up the desperately-needed air paths and runway slots at Sydney airport."