Australian governments should support the private sector to develop urban rail projects, based on examples from the US.
The Australian government should look to the private sector to fund, develop and run more urban rail projects.
If only commuting was so simple.
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Many of Britain's railway employees, customers and bosses are unhappy at the state of the nation's services.
South Korea is one of many countries with a high speed rail network.
The private consortium CLARA is proposing a high speed rail network between Sydney and Melbourne paid for by value capture but it still relies on the benefits outweighing the costs.
China has the most extensive high-speed rail network in the world, which has helped reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.
High-speed rail is now a well-established technology and Australia needs it, as long as the project ticks all the boxes needed to deliver both private and public benefits.
Southern: coming off the rails.
The government knows the system is a shambles – but refuses to admit that rail privatisation has failed.
Are we there yet?
A fast rail link between Sydney and Melbourne was first proposed in 1984. So why haven't we done it yet?
Interest from international investors looking to take over Asciano, operator of rail company Pacific National, shows that the sector is still seen as a steady market.
International investors competing for a stake and the Federal Government's positive outlook for mining are both good signs for the largest companies in the transport sector.
Would you take a longer route to work for the good of all?
Far from being stretched, rail resources at Port Botany appear distinctly under-utilised.
Improving the efficiency of existing rail infrastructure into Port Botany will deliver the capacity gains it will need.
Rail needs to go where it will do the most to reinvigorate cities.
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Building more rail shouldn't be reliant on the public purse.
Instead of trying to maintain our usual routines in the face of huge disruptions, we should use them as a welcome opportunity to mix things up.
Road development for logging in the Congo Basin.
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The new Labour leader has been pilloried for extolling public ownership. In fact, he's bang on trend.
There are cutting edge technologies on the cards, but can anything displace railways?
Putting improvements to the northern lines on hold could pull the rug from under Osborne's plans for northern cities.
It’s widely thought that mandated, but unfunded, safety systems could have prevented the Philadelphia crash.
How does positive train control – safety technology that could have prevented this week's deadly Amtrak derailment – work and why is it still not on US rails?
Then treasurer and now New South Wales Premier Mike Baird (centre) at Newcastle’s Wickham train station in 2013.
If you're looking for key battles to watch in the New South Wales election, which could help decide who forms the next state government, then you need to know the story of the Newcastle railway line.
Australia’s transport is among the least energy efficient, largely thanks to continuing investment in roads over rail.
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Right idea, wrong execution: the Ord River irrigation scheme needed better surrounding infrastructure.
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Committing to new infrastructure is dangerous when political motivations are the driver.
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It’s hard to get past the feeling that we are stuck in 1970s thinking when it comes to planning infrastructure such as airports. The Federal government has finally announced Badgerys Creek in Sydney’s…