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Posted 3 days ago by JimYarin

Sustainability expert Peter Newman says it's “pathetic” Fremantle Ports depends on bridges that are at risk of collapsing if struck by a vessel. 

cargo ship crashed into the Fremantle rail bridge in the early hours of Monday morning after coming lose from its moorings during a storm.

Trains from North Fremantle to Fremantle have been cancelled while engineers assess the structural damage.

Posted 3 days ago by JimYarin

Farmers will have to wait another two months before they see a report examining the state-owned grain freight network and its recommendations for the future of grain transport by rail. tier three rail lines.

A report by the Economics and Industry Standing Committee which has been investigating the lease arrangement between Brookfield Rail and the State Government, was due to be released today.

But the Upper House committee will now deliver their report on October 16, 2014.

Posted 4 days ago by newsbot

The Barnett Government will not extend the Joondalup rail line north of Butler before it completes the airport-Forrestfield link and the MAX light rail projects, Transport Minister Dean Nalder says.

It means that a mooted extension of the northern line to Yanchep will not happen before the middle of the next decade.

Posted 4 days ago by bevans

A SEVERE thunderstorm forced a cargo ship to break its mooring and smash into the Fremantle rail bridge overnight.

The storm, which hit the city just before 10pm last night, brought heavy rain to much of the South West and the city, and blacked out 20,000 homes.

Destructive winds were recorded in the South West, with Busselton Jetty recording a gust of 120km/h at 7.30pm.

More than 30 State Emergency Service and 20 Career and Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service personnel from Bunbury, Australind and Harvey units worked through the night responding to calls for help from storm damage.

Posted 7 days ago by newsbot

THE tabling of a parliamentary inquiry’s findings into the management of WA’s freight rail network has been delayed.

The Economic and Industry Standing Committee report into current lease arrangements and management of the WA freight rail network comprising Tier 1,2 and 3 lines was due to be released tomorrow, but now looks as though it will be tabled by October 16.

Farm Weekly believes the deferral is due to the high volume of evidence, and its complex nature, which required more time to consider.

Posted Thursday, 14 August by newsbot

The Barnett Government has made no provision for extra early morning and late night train services when the new $2,2 billion airport rail line opens in 2020.

First trains typically begin at 5.30am and last trains depart at midnight, so rail services would not be available for many airline passengers with early departures or late arrivals.

Posted Thursday, 14 August by newsbot

AUTHORITIES have confirmed a train derailment occurred about 8.30pm, half a kilometre from the CBH Dalwallinu site on Monday night.

Local residents heard the deafening sound of crumpling steel echo across town.

Shire of Dalwallinu works manager Louka Shopov said he and his wife heard the noise of the crash, followed by emergency sirens.

Posted Wednesday, 13 August by newsbot

The West Australian Government announced plans to sink the rail line to Perth airport without official costings by Treasury, the Transport Minister has revealed.

Last week the WA Government revealed its plan to sink the entire airport rail link at a cost of $2.2 billion, which was $300 million more than forecast.

The project was a key Liberal Party promise in the lead up to the 2013 election, and the Government pledged it would cost $1.9 billion and be built by 2018, later pushed back to 2020.

Originally only four kilometres was going to be underground.

Posted Sunday, 10 August by bevans

Claims that the planned underground airport rail link from Bayswater to Forrestfield will be a boon for fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers have been called into question.

Taxpayer-funded research has revealed FIFO workers' concerns about whether it will actually get them to Perth's airport in time for their early morning flights.

The ABC has obtained a copy of the research, dated March 2014, which was conducted to gauge FIFO workers' views.

Posted Sunday, 10 August by bevans

THE cost of the State Government’s much vaunted Forrestfield-Airport Link has blown out by $300 million, with Premier Colin Barnett revealing today the cost will be $2.2 billion.

Addressing the Liberal state conference Mr Barnett confirmed the project would start in 2016 and be finished in 2020.

It will see a rail line head east from the Midland Line near Bayswater Station then tunnel under the Swan River and Tonkin Highway before reaching the airport and going on to Forrestfield.

The rail project, which was put at $1.9 billion during the state election, will take the form of twin bored tunnels and will become the longest section of underground rail in Perth.

Posted Friday, 8 August by bevans

A man has recalled the "amazing" moment scores of commuters used people power to tilt a train carriage to free him from the gap between the train and the platform.

The incident in Perth made headlines around the world, and the video has been viewed countless times on social media.

The man, known only as Andy, was boarding the train at Stirling station, on the northern line, on Wednesday morning when he slipped.

He fell into the gap and one of his legs became trapped up to the top of his thigh.

Posted Tuesday, 5 August by bevans

The West Australian Government is set to announce plans to sink the entire Perth airport rail link underground, with tunnelling to start in the marginal seat of Forrestfield.

The rail link will branch off the existing Perth to Midland line near Bayswater train station, through to the future consolidated Perth airport terminal, which will include domestic and international terminals.

Originally only four kilometres was going to be underground but it is understood the tunnel will now continue from the airport precinct under the Swan River and link up with the railway line in Bayswater.

Posted Tuesday, 5 August by newsbot

The Shire of Dowerin says despite a heritage rail project running overtime, it is unlikely it will run over-budget.

In January last year, the WA Government invested $1.25 million to build the heritage precinct, to run through towns from Northam to Dowerin.

So far about 500 metres of the track has been laid.

Posted Wednesday, 23 July by newsbot

Mineral Resources has launched a $70 million rail expansion for its Carina iron ore mine in WA's Yilgarn region north east of Southern Cross.

The new fleet of trains will help lift exports by almost 25 per cent this year.

Launching the expansion, Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion praised MinRes for its commitment to the State's resources industry.

Posted Friday, 18 July by bevans

WA's multi-user rail freight network is in the best shape of its life, according to the company which has an exclusive long-term lease over the State-owned asset.

Brookfield Rail made the claim in a winning submission to the Australasian Rail Industry Awards, which included figures showing freight tonnages had increased 113 per cent since privatisation of the lines in 2001.

Posted Thursday, 17 July by JimYarin

CBH has provided feedback to the Economic Regulation Authority (ERA) saying that it doesn't want any content in the ERA determination regarding Tier 3 rail lines to be made confidential - and now it's clear why.

Late last week CBH made public its redacted version of its submission made to the ERA on April 7 this year, stating its position on the floor and ceiling price for Tier 3 rail.

Despite some parts of the 44-page document being blacked out for legal reasons, what is made crystal clear in CBH's submission is that there are some huge differences in pricing expectations between CBH and rail provider Brookfield Rail - to the tune of $340 million in some cases.

In its summary, CBH said it had made a proposal for access to certain routes on the railway network managed and controlled by Brookfield under section eight of the Rail Code.

Posted Wednesday, 9 July by newsbot

Farmers drove a convoy of trucks through Perth on Tuesday to demonstrate their opposition to the closure of Tier 3 rail lines the previous day.

The rally, led by WAFarmers president Dale Park and Wheatbelt Railway Retention Alliance chairman Greg Richards, aimed to show what extra traffic Perth motorists could expect after the lines were closed on Monday, and called on the State Government and Brookfield Rail, which leased the lines, to reopen them.

Posted Friday, 4 July by bevans

The Shire of Perenjori has expressed concerns about increased truck movements as a result of the closure of WA's tier three grain freight network.

The network has been placed on care and maintenance as Brookfield Rail and grain handler CBH negotiate over who should pay to repair the lines.

Perenjori Shire president Chris King says the closure of the Perenjori to Maya line will force farmers to pay more to transport their grain by truck and means roads will become degraded faster.

Posted Wednesday, 2 July by newsbot

In a desperate move to rally support from their city counterparts, dozens of farmers and truck drivers from around southern Western Australia gathered at the doorsteps of Brookfield Rail and the Transport Minister's office in Perth to protest Tier 3 rail closures.

More than 500 kilometres of track was shut down this week as a result of what farmers claim to be inaction by Brookfield Rail, which leases the lines, and the State Government, which owns them.

Many grain growers fear the rail closures will result in a less efficient transport system and will cost farmers more to transport their grain to port.

Posted Tuesday, 1 July by newsbot

Despite rigorous efforts to negotiate continued access, the remaining Tier 3 rail lines in Western Australia's grain belt have been placed into care and maintenance.

The closure of more than 500 kilometres of track is feared to cause what some farmers are calling a 'trucking hell' on country roads.

"We're at a watershed moment in the transportation of our bulk commodities," said Cam Taylor who farms south-west of Tambellup.

He made a submission to last week's public hearing on the inquiry into the management of WA's freight rail network before the Economics and Industry Standing Committee.

Posted Friday, 27 June by JimYarin

Lanco Resources wants to export up to 12 million tonnes of coal each year from Griffin Coal's Collie Basin operations.

The facility will require dredging up to 1.9 million cubic metres at the port and blasting 20,000 cubic metres of rock.

Environment Minister Albert Jacob approved Lanco's proposal on a number of conditions, including a requirement to monitor dolphin populations and not conduct blasting activities during dolphin calving periods from October to May each year.

Lanco's executive general manager David Trench says the company is happy to comply with all environmental conditions.

Posted Friday, 27 June by newsbot

WA-owned and operated rail transport and logistics company Intermodal Group has had a record-breaking month at the North Quay Rail Terminal (NQRT) at Fremantle’s InnerHarbour, processing more than 10,000 containers for both import and export in May.

This is the highest volume recorded by the group since it commenced operations at NQRT in 2007.

Approximately 80% of volumes currently received at NQRT are transported by Intermodal’s rail service from its Forrestfield Intermodal Rail Terminal (FIT). Intermodal is the exclusive operator of the NQRT to Kewdale-Forrestfield rail corridor. The remaining 20% is from the Kalgoorlie and Kwinana line services, are operated by other providers.

Posted Thursday, 26 June by newsbot

IT IS hard to imagine paying for a service and not knowing what you're getting in return for your money.

But that's exactly what CBH has been forced to do.

I wouldn't be too keen on pre-paying my rent without first knowing how many bedrooms there were in the house and on which street it was located.

I wouldn't hand over cash to Telstra without knowing which phone plan the sales assistant intended to sign me up for.

Posted Monday, 23 June by JimYarin

Yesterday in Perth I was accosted by a comically bright super-sized character of indeterminate sex, questionable body odour and garish tribal tattoos down its wide, flabby arms.

The gang of large fluorescent teletubbies demanded to see my train ticket as if I’d already committed a crime.

Being a transit officer must be a tough job.

So I handed over my Myki card, no Go card, oops wrong state, Opal card - I didn’t have my Perth Smartrider on me.

Posted Friday, 20 June by newsbot

Community concerns are mounting in Bruce Rock as the deadline for the closure of tier three rail lines in the Eastern Wheatbelt approaches.

Shire president Stephen Strange says residents are worried that, when CBH stops shifting grain by rail on June 30, there will be a dramatic increase in truck traffic in the region.

Mr Strange says the backlog of grain in the Muntadgin, Narembeen and Bruce Rock bins will mean there will be 80 extra trucks each day on local roads.

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