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News in Brief ? 8-14 December

<span class="" id="parent-fieldname-description"> </span> <p><strong>WA kicks off Joondalup rail line extension</strong><br />Civil engineering contractor R J Vincent and Co has been awarded the $6m contract to prepare about 4km of rail corridor for the railway alignment from Public Transport Authority’s (PTA) Nowergup railcar depot in Hester Avenue, Clarkson, to join up with existing earthworks undertaken in 2008 at Landbeach Boulevard, Butler.</p><p>The contract marks the start of the WA Government’s $240.7m project to extend the Joondalup passenger railway line to Butler.</p><p>Transport minister Simon O’Brien said the Butler extension was a strategic incremental expansion of Perth’s integrated public transport system.&nbsp&nbsp <br />The new part of the line is expected to be in operation by December 2014.</p><p><strong>Victorians want less privat sector involvement</strong><br />Victorians are more averse to private sector involvement in public transport than their fellow Australians, according to the latest quarterly national transport survey from the University of Sydney,</p><p>The Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies-Interfleet Transport Opinion Survey (TOPS) shows only 35% Victorians favour the private sector playing a greater role in the provision of public transport while 42%&nbsp prefer a reduced role for the private sector.</p><p>“Australians think improving public transport is the nation’s biggest transport issue, but this sentiment is even more marked in Victoria than other states,” Institute director Professor David Hensher said.</p><p>“Victoria’s public transport has experienced more privatisation than any other state, with tram and metropolitan rail services franchised to private providers in the last decade aiming to improve efficiency. But many users believe services have deteriorated in private operators’ hands with unreliability and overcrowding, possibly due to under-investment.</p><p>“It’s possible the decline in service levels and increased inefficiencies influenced voting sentiments in Victoria, particularly those in Melbourne’s outer suburbs.”<br />&nbspThe December 2010 quarterly report is at: <a target="_blank" href=" "> </a><br /><strong><br />New QLD integrated freight strategy</strong><br />Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has developed a new draft Integrated Freight Strategy for Queensland with the support of the Queensland Transport and Logistics Council (QTLC).</p><p>The draft Strategy is a culmination of intensive research and targeted stakeholder consultation and is intended to provide direction for integrated freight solutions for Queensland.</p><p>“Consideration was given to the broader national objectives outlined by Infrastructure Australia during the development of the strategy,” QTLC chairman Neil Findlay told <em>Rail Express.</em></p><p>“These objectives and the development of the state-based plan are consistent with the objectives of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) …”</p><p>To drive and implement the Strategy the Council have formed three working groups that will focus on issues such as Infrastructure, Intermodal Freight, Access and Regulation. Membership for these groups is currently being sought.</p><p>For more information email: Neil Findlay at phone: 0418 718 025</p><p>The draft Strategy can be downloaded at: <a target="_blank" href=" "> </a></p><p><strong>RISSB update</strong><br />Draft Railway Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB) rolling stock standards for Emergency equipment (RDS 7523 Parts 1, 3 &amp 4) have been released for their first open review. These draft standards prescribe requirements for portable equipment to carried on locomotive, passenger and infrastructure maintenance rolling stock to be used in emergencies, accidents, incidents, failures, etc.<br />The draft documents are available for download from <a href="" target="_blank"></a> under Rolling Stock – Standards – For Comment. Email comments to: Vivienne Goudman at by March 4 2011.</p><p>AS 7640 Rail Management Drafts Review and Comment<br />RISSB has experienced a technichal glitch that prevented the user being able to insert their comments in the required template for the Review and Comment of the three parts to the draft AS 7640 standard.&nbsp This has now been corrected, however to accomodate those inconvieienced we have reset the close date to 28th January 2011. Visit: <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br /><br />&nbsp</p>