Freight rail company Aurizon says it could take a month to fully repair cyclone damage to its coal network in central Queensland.

Aurizon estimates the financial impact of Cyclone Marcia will be up to $28 million.

Chief executive Lance Hockridge said the worst damage is to the Moura line, which has been washed away in several places.

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Posted 2 hours ago in Victorian Rail News by JoppaJunction

Premier Daniel Andrews has come under fire for failing to include South Yarra Station as part of his plan to build the Metro Rail link, with Stonnington Council saying the omission defies logic given the growth of passengers.

Earlier this month, the state government announced it would fast-track the $11 billion rail project, which involves constructing an underground tunnel through the CBD with five new stations: Domain, CBD South, CBD North, Parkville and Arden.

Posted 3 hours ago in Queensland Rail News by LancedDendrite

One of Australia's leading infrastructure economists has encouraged the Abbott Government to quickly change its decision not to invest in rail infrastructure.

In April 2013 then-Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said he would not invest in rail infrastructure, telling reporters he believed that was the role of state governments.

BIS Shrapnel senior economist in infrastructure and mining Adrian Hart, who presented on Tuesday his 62-page 2015 Queensland Major Contractors Association report, urged a re-think on this point by the Abbott Government.

In 2013 Abbott said he would not invest in rail infrastructure.

"I think it should be reviewed," Mr Hart said.

"I believe that governments should be investing in projects which make the best economic sense," he said.

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