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News in Brief ? 5-11 May 2010

<span class="" id="parent-fieldname-description"> </span> <p><strong>Work on electrification of SA’s Gawler line to begin</strong><br />The start of major track works on South Australia’s biggest rail revitalisation project, the electrification of the Gawler line, will commence on June 6th.<br />Federal infrastructure minister Anthony Albanese said that the government’s decision to invest $293.5m has brought forward the project’s completion date to 2013, two years than previously scheduled.<br />Major track will close the line between Adelaide and Mawson Interchange. Works include: upgrading the base layer installing new gauge-convertible concrete sleepers refurbishing/replacing rail and connecting the new Dry Creek railcar depot to the Gawler line.<br />The upgrade is part of the state and Federal Governemnt’s $2.6bn investment in SA’s public transport infrastructure which also includes of the Noarlunga, Gawler and Outer Harbor lines, station infrastructure upgrades, new electric trains and a modern ticketing system.<br />For project information visit: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.infrastructure.sa.gov.au">www.infrastructure.sa.gov.au</a></p><p><strong>Major makeover announced for Tangara fleet </strong><br />NSW transport and roads minister David Campbell announced on April 27th the first new-look Tangara train to have undergone a major makeover as part of a new program that will see the entire fleet of more than 400 carriages refreshed to look as good as new. <br />Campbell said the comfortable and more colourful look would be applied to all of RailCorp’s 446 Tangara carriages so that they would meet the more modern presentation standards seen in the Oscar and Millennium fleets. <br />The total cost to refresh all Tangara carriages is estimated to be $145m. <br />“Over the next year, RailCorp plans to refresh 100 Tangara carriages and then the aim will be about 80 per year after that,” Campbell said. <br />Rail travellers will also begin to notice new trains on the network towards the end of the year and into next year with the arrival of the additional 74 Oscars (Outer Suburban carriages) currently being built in Newcastle and the first of the brand new 626 Waratah carriages, which represent the largest rolling stock order in Australia’s history.</p><p><strong>UITP White Paper on European Transport Policy for 2020<br /></strong>The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) has sent a message to the TRAN Committee’s Members calling on them to vote in favour of doubling the number of bus and rail users in urban areas by 2020.<br />The TRAN Committee of the European Parliament met last week to discuss and vote on this Draft Report for a Motion for a European Parliament Resolution before it is submitted to the Plenary in June 2010. If adopted, this Motion will represent an important input into the future White Paper on European Transport Policy for the next decade, which the European Commission is expected to publish in the autumn.<br />Amongst the measurable targets by 2020 recommended in the draft report’s text, the Rapporteur proposes a doubling of the number of bus and rail users in urban areas.<br />The UITP strongly supports these measurable targets, which are in line with its commitment to doubling the public transport market share worldwide by 2025.</p><p><strong>Australia to host international T&ampL conference</strong><br />Australia has won the right to host the 2011 International conference of world leaders of Transport and Logistics, scheduled for 4th May 2011.<br />“This will give Australian T&ampL a perfect opportunity both to share our successes with the world and to learn firsthand from international experience” Hal Morris, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia (Cilta), said.<br />“We anticipate that at least 100 senior industry leaders from the 30 plus CILTA countries as well as other CILT members will attend and meet with Australian leaders.”<br />&nbsp</p>