THE Australian federal government published its 2016-17 budget on May 3 and while transport investment is heavily skewed towards road projects, a decline in future funding for rail foreshadowed in the 2015-16 federal budget appears to have been reversed, albeit marginally.
THE state government of Western Australia has awarded the SINRW joint venture of Salini Impregilo, Italy, and local company NRW Pty a contract to design, construct and maintain the Forrestfield-Airport Link, which will connect Perth's eastern suburbs to Perth Airport.
Cities across Australia have invested in light rail in recent years but many projects widely considered as essential to relieve traffic congestion are yet to secure the funding they need. Mark Carter sheds light on the current situation.
The Fortescue Railway operates some of the longest and heaviest trains in the world, and in the seven years since it began hauling iron-ore across the deserts of the Pilbara region, it continues to push the technical boundaries of heavy-haul. Keith Barrow reports from Western Australia on the latest developments in Fortescue's unrelenting quest for greater efficiency and higher capacity.
Australia's largest railfreight operator Aurizon has sought to grow its business primarily through its heavy-haul capabilities. However, recent turmoil in global iron-ore and coal markets is creating some turbulence for the operator's aspirations, writes Mark Carter.
THE state government of Western Australia issued its budget for 2015-2016 on May 13 with a commitment to funding the extension of the TransPerth suburban network to Perth airport, but the proposed Max light rail project appears to have been put on hold.
THE chairman of Australian mining company Hancock Prospecting Mrs Gina Rhinehart marked the delivery of the locomotive fleet for the new Roy Hill heavy-haul railway in Western Australia's Pilbara region on March 23, when she named the first unit Ginny in a ceremony at Port Hedland.