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."
Controlling wheel-rail interaction and improving maintenance can prevent flange climb derailments improving the safety of urban transport systems, explain Huimin Wu, principal investigator and Nicholas Wilson, scientist at TTCI, United States.
REPRESENTATIVES of the organisations responsible for standardising ticketing and smart card operations in Germany (VDV KA), France (AFIMB), and Britain (Itso), along with the Calypso Network Association, and representatives of the International Public Transport Association (UITP) have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a trust scheme for public transport smart cards.