Wellington Regional Rail Programme (WRRP)

The Wellington Regional Rail Programme (WRRP) is a major upgrade to the Wellington commuter rail network being carried out by KiwiRail Network (previously trading as ONTRACK), that when completed will provide for new electric passenger trains operating with increased comfort and greater reliability. The new trains are being procured by the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and are due to enter service from late 2010. The programme of works includes redevelopment of the electric multiple unit (EMU) depot, upgrade of the traction distribution system throughout the greater Wellington area, extension of electrification and provision of a two-track railway to Waikanae as well as the works to the Wellington Station approach and the Johnsonville Line.


Wellington Regional Rail Programme (WRRP)


The prime objective of the NZ$40 million Wellington Station Entry project (Project 602) is to provide an additional third main line track within the approach to Wellington Station. This also includes the complete rebuild of the overhead line system to balance weight tension and new signalling. The existing layout had the nine platform tracks converging into single Up and Down lines through a two track “throat” that ran beyond the Aotea Quay overline bridge (OLB) until an area of switches and crossings (S&C) called Distant Junction, which is adjacent to the Interislander Passenger Terminal. Distant Junction provides for the at-grade divergence of the two tracks that continue towards the Kapiti Coast along the North Island Main Trunk (NIMT) line and the two tracks that continue towards the Hutt Valley along the Wairarapa lines. Distant Junction also provides for access and egress of freight trains from the Wellington freight stabling yards to the NIMT and Wairarapa lines.



Wellington Regional Rail Programme (WRRP) Original and Revised


Source: http://www.beca.com/markets/transport/~/media/publications/technical_papers/planning_and_construction_of_the_third_main_track_into_wellington%20Station.ashx


Townsville, Australia, Airport Terminal Redevelopment, FAQ

Townsville Airport has a plan to redevelop its facility over the next 10 years.  With the support of the community we aim to kickstart the project with a master plan of works for the domestic and international terminal during 2015-2017.

The time is right for a redevelopment of this scale. Our city is looking for businesses to invest now to boost jobs and stimulate the local economy. On the back of the recent Prime Ministerial confirmation of Townsville Airport’s international flight status, this redevelopment is just what our city needs.


Redevelopment_Townsville_AirportWhile the existing terminal building is a great asset to our community, it is ageing and requires sufficient layout and functional improvements to address emerging capacity constraints and accommodate projected passenger growth.

This upgrade specifically will improve core infrastructure, increase food and beverage offerings and redevelop key areas that airport users believe need upgrading.  We are taking on board suggestions from travelers and visitors collected through our regular satisfaction surveys and aim to deliver a major upgrade that our airport needs and the community deserves.

We understand that first impressions count and Townsville Airport plays an important role for our region as the key gateway to North Queensland. A redevelopment is an important opportunity to revitalise this gateway and we expect it will lift the profile of our city’s brand to both domestic and international travellers.

This upgrade will complete phase one of the infrastructure upgrades that will be progressed over the next 10 years.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does the airport need a major upgrade?

  • The existing terminal building is an ageing asset that needs significant layout and functional improvements to accommodate projected passenger growth and address emerging capacity constraints.
  • Ensuring the airport’s sustainability is critical for the local economy and growth of the Townsville North Queensland region. It will contribute more than 116 full time jobs and inject $71M into our economy at a time when we need it most.
  • Townsville Airport is taking a long term view for the region and wants to ensure any redevelopment undertaken now will accommodate future demand.
  • There have been no significant improvements to the core airport infrastructure since 2003, leaving us behind our regional competitors like Cairns.

What specifically will the upgrade involve?

The proposed development will comprise the following key features:

  • Reconfiguration of the existing international departure lounge to function as a swing international/domestic lounge for arrivals/departures area.
  • Rationalisation of existing, underutilised office space to increase the overall capacity of the seating areas in the arrivals/departures area.
  • Upgrade and expansion of the security screening area to reduce congestion.
  • Rationalisation of the existing check-in area to accommodate additional check-in kiosks.
  • The addition of new shop front spaces, which are expected to be occupied by food outlet and other retail.
  • Extension of the upper concourse to provide two new club lounge facilities and help meet the growing needs of business travelers.
  • Extension of the ground floor to relocate Virgin and Qantas engineering offices.

What is the new charge?

  • It is proposed the passenger charge will increase by $2.50-$3.00 per person per domestic flight – once the first phase of major works is complete.

When will the new charge be implemented?

  • The airport will front the cost of the first phase of the redevelopment and the charge will only be implemented to domestic flights once the first phase of works has been completed in 2017.  The charge won’t apply to international services for five years.

Why should the public be expected to fund a private company’s upgrades?

  • Larger airports can offset costs through commercial and other revenue not related to aeronautical fees. Townsville Airport does not have the ability to do that.
  • It is a standard process for any business to increase charges as services cost more to operate.
  • It is about the sustainability of operations, in terms of keeping pace with infrastructural requirements to operate efficiently and setting fair and reasonable charges for airlines to use those services.
  • The reality for all regional airports is a defined catchment which limits potential for growth. This sort of major infrastructure upgrade can only occur with an appropriate charging regime.

What retail is being proposed to go in?

  • There will be new retails spaces created by the upgrade which are expected to be occupied by food outlets and gift stores. It is too early to determine who those tenants will be.

Will an increase in passenger fees lead to a decline in passengers for the airport?

  • A similar increase in passenger fees in 2003 was followed by an upturn in passenger numbers. Overall, passenger numbers have increased at Townsville Airport since 2003.

How will the redevelopment affect me if I use the airport?

  • There will be minimal disruption to services during the redevelopment.
  • Townsville Airport will provide regular updates to users and the community regarding the staged works and any impacts of service delivery.

Redevelopment of the Townsville Airport Terminal

Townsville Airport Pty Ltd are seeking feedback on the proposal for the redevelopment of the Townsville Airport Terminal. The Townsville Terminal Redevelopment is subject to the approval of a Major Development Plan under the Airports Act 1996 and a draft plan is currently out for public consultation.

Please click here to download a copy of the draft Major Development Plan in its entirety.
Please click here to view our Frequently Asked Questions.

The 60 business day public comment period for the Townsville Airport Redevelopment concludes 5:00pm 5 August 2015 and we welcome all feedback during this period. Comments must be received in writing by either of the following ways:

  • Using the online submission form – click here to be directed to the submission form; or
  • Writing to the Chief Operating Officer, Townsville Airport, PO Box 7636, Garbutt QLD 4814.

Please note that any submissions received after the closure of the public comment period cannot be taken into consideration.

The Major Development Plan will also be on display for viewing at the following locations:

  • Townsville Airport Management Centre (on display for viewing or purchase)
  • Townsville Airport Terminal
  • Townsville City Council, Walker Street Customer Service Centre
  • Townsville City Council, Thuringowa Customer Service Centre
  • Townsville City Library
  • Thuringowa Central Library
  • Aitkenvale Library
  • Mundingburra Electorate Office
  • Townsville Electorate Office
  • Thuringowa Electorate Office
  • Herbert Electorate Office


Source: http://www.townsvilleairport.com.au/townsville-airport-terminal-redevelopment/

Melbourne Airport’s April passenger traffic results

Melbourne Airport achieved 4 per cent international growth in April compared to the same period last year, to reach 678,526 international passengers.

Melbourne Airport CEO, Mr Chris Woodruff, said international growth remained solid.

“Our international passenger figures for April were impacted by the timing of Easter which, last year, was later in April and combined with the Anzac Day public holiday, we saw many people take advantage of the extended break,” said Mr Woodruff.

“However, direct flights and major sporting events including the ICC Cricket World Cup, continued to boost international growth from all regions, particularly Japan, China, India and Sri Lanka.”

“And despite a subdued domestic market, pleasingly, we also maintained solid growth.”

Approximately $53 million was reinvested in April to improve facilities at Melbourne Airport, including a new domestic terminal, transport hub, tri-generation plant and a 3.3 kilometre extension of Airport Drive, all on track for completion in the second half of 2015.


Passenger figures for April 2015:


APRIL 2015

APRIL 2014


International 678,526 651,320 4.2
Domestic 1,983,689 1,939,008 2.3
Total (excl. transits) 2,662,215 2,590,328 2.8

*monthly percentage growth compared to April 2014

Strong performing nationalities by passport holders for April 2015 include:




OTHER (%)*

Japan 36.6 Vietnam 45.5 France 50.3 Fiji 15.7
China 25.0 India 19.1 Switzerland 18.4 USA 12.9
South Korea 12.3 Malaysia 15.7 Austria 5.4 Canada 7.6
Hong Kong 10.9 Sri Lanka 13.4 Sweden 4.8 New Zealand 4.9

*monthly percentage growth compared to April 2014


Source: http://melbourneairport.com.au/about-melbourne-airport/media/media-releases.html

Belgium Rail Stations

This is a list of the busiest railway stations in Belgium


Rank Station Province Passengers Update year
1 Brussels-South Brussels Capital Region 54,885 2014 [2]
2 Gent-St-Pieters East Flanders 53,954 2014 [3]
3 Brussels-Central Brussels Capital Region 52,628 2014 [2]
4 Brussels-North Brussels Capital Region 48,804 2014 [2]
5 Antwerpen-Centraal Antwerp 33,641 2014 [4]
6 Leuven Flemish Brabant 29,732 2014 [5]
7 Mechelen Antwerp 22,980 2014 [4]
8 Ottignies Walloon Brabant 20,825 2007
9 Namur railway station Namur 18,649 2014 [6]
10 Brugge West Flanders 17,195 2014 [7]
11 Liège-Guillemins Liège 16,807 2014 [8]
12 Antwerpen-Berchem railway station Antwerp 12,550 2014 [4]
13 Denderleeuw railway station East Flanders 10,991 2007
14 Mons railway station Hainaut 10,387 2007
15 Kortrijk West Flanders 10,032 2007
16 Charleroi-Sud railway station Hainaut 9,736 2007
17 Brussels-Schuman railway station Brussels Capital Region 8,077 2007
18 Sint-Niklaas railway station East Flanders 7,879 2007
19 Aalst railway station East Flanders 7,763 2007
20 Oostende railway station West Flanders 7,392 2007
21 Tournai Hainaut 7,076 2007
22 Hasselt railway station Limburg 6,995 2007
23 Dendermonde railway station East Flanders 6,866 2007
24 Brussels-Luxembourg railway station Brussels Capital Region 6,825 2007
25 Gembloux railway station Namur 6,603 2007
26 Zottegem railway station East Flanders 6,145 2007
27 Louvain-La-Neuve-Université railway station Walloon Brabant 5,703 2007
28 Brussels National Airport railway station Flemish Brabant 5,663 2007
29 Etterbeek railway station Brussels Capital Region 5,565 2007
30 Braine-l’Alleud railway station Walloon Brabant 5,291 2007

Tran Stations


Name Code Image Served by Railway line(s) Distance from
Central Station(km)
Date opened Previous name(s) Interchanges
Allawah AWH Allawah
Illawarra 13.690 25 October 1925
Arncliffe ACL Arncliffe
Illawarra 8.420 15 October 1884
Artarmon ATO Artarmon
North Shore 10.300 6 July 1898
(original site),
7 October 1900
(present site)
Ashfield AFD Ashfield
Main Suburban 8.380 26 September 1855
Asquith ASQ Asquith
Main Northern 35.690 1 November 1915
Auburn AUB Auburn
Main Suburban 18.630 18 February 1877
Banksia BKA Banksia
Illawarra 9.600 21 October 1906
Bankstown BWU Bankstown
Bankstown 18.720 14 April 1909
Bardwell Park BWP Bardwell
East Hills 10.100 21 September 1931
Beecroft BCF Beecroft
Main Northern 26.900 17 September 1886
(original site)
7 March 1892
(present site)
Belmore BMR Belmore
Bankstown 13.250 1 February 1895
Berala BAA Berala
Main South 18.360 11 November 1912
Berowra BEW Berowra
Main Northern 44.660 7 April 1887 NSW TrainLink intercity trains
Beverly Hills BVH Beverly Hills
East Hills 14.650 21 September 1931 Dumbleton (1931–1940)
Bexley North BXN Bexley North
East Hills 11.370 21 September 1931
Birrong BRG Birrong
Bankstown 22.110 16 July 1928
Blacktown BAK Blacktown
Main Western
34.870 4 July 1860 Blacktown Road (1860–1862) NSW TrainLink intercity trains
Bondi Junction BJN Bondi Junction
Eastern Suburbs 6.760 23 June 1979
Burwood BUW Burwood
Main Suburban 10.620 26 September 1855
(original site)
13 March 1892
(present site)
Cabramatta CTT Cabramatta
Main South 28.430 1870
Camellia CEL Camellia
Carlingford 22.950 21 January 1885 Subiaco
Campbelltown CAM Campbelltown
Main South 54.710 17 May 1858 NSW TrainLink intercity and regional trains, buses
Campsie CMP Campsie
Bankstown 11.700 1 February 1895
Canley Vale CVE Canley Vale
Old Main South 30.980 15 April 1878
Canterbury CTB Canterbury
Bankstown 10.160 1 February 1895
Caringbah Caringbah
Cronulla 31.510 16 December 1939
Carlingford Carlingford
Carlingford 27.850 20 April 1896 Pennant Hills
Carlton Carlton
Illawarra 12.740 1889
Carramar Carramar
Main South 25.890 8 October 1924 South Fairfield
Casula Casula
Main South 38.800 1 November 1894
Central Central
Main Suburban
North Shore
0.00 26 September 1855
(original site)
5 August 1906
(present site)
3 October 1926
(electric platforms)
23 June 1979
(underground platforms)
NSW TrainLink intercity & regional trains, Great Southern Rail trains, Sydney Light Rail, buses, coaches
Chatswood Chatswood
North Shore 11.650 1 January 1890
Cheltenham Cheltenham
Main Northern 25.380 10 October 1898
Chester Hill Chester Hill
Main South 22.310 8 October 1924
Circular Quay Circular Quay
City Circle 2.970 22 January 1956
Clarendon Clarendon
Richmond 57.210 1870 Hawkesbury Racecourse
Clyde Clyde
Main Suburban
20.660 1882 Rosehill Junction
Clyde Junction
Como Como
Illawarra 21.240 26 December 1885
(original site)
27 November 1972
(present site)
Concord West Concord West
Main Northern 25.380 1 September 1887 Concord
Cronulla Cronulla
Cronulla 34.810 16 December 1939 Buses
Croydon Croydon
Main Suburban 10.620 7 January 1875 Five Dock
Denistone Denistone
Main Northern 20.160 26 September 1937
Domestic Airport Domestic
Airport 6.600 21 May 2000
Doonside Doonside
Main Western 38.290 27 September 1880 Doonside
Dulwich Hill Dulwich Hill
Bankstown 7.870 1 February 1895 Wardell Road
Sydney Light Rail, buses
Dundas Dundas
Carlingford 24.840 20 April 1896 Kissing Point Road
East Hills East Hills
East Hills 24.030 21 December 1931
East Richmond East Richmond
Richmond 60.000 2 July 1939
Eastwood Eastwood
Main Northern 21.390 17 September 1886 Dundas
NSW TrainLink intercity trains
Edgecliff Edgecliff
Eastern Suburbs 4.820 23 June 1979 Buses
Edmondson Park Edmondson Park
South West Rail Link 0.00 8 February 2015
Emu Plains Emu Plains
Main Western 57.440 18 August 1868
(original site)
(present site)
NSW TrainLink intercity trains
Engadine Engadine
Illawarra 30.750 1 October 1920
Epping Epping
Main Northern
Epping to Chatswood
23.390 17 September 1886
(original site)
15 February 1900
(present site)
23 February 2009
(underground platforms)
Field of Mars
NSW TrainLink intercity trains
Erskineville Erskinevelle
Illawarra 2.880 15 October 1884
(original site)
16 June 1912
(present site)
Fairfield Fairfield
Old Main South 28.997 26 September 1856
Flemington Flemington
Main Suburban 28.997 1884
Glenfield Glenfield
Main South 41.930 6 September 1869
(original site)
27 March 1891
(present site)
NSW TrainLink intercity trains, buses
Gordon Gordon
North Shore 17.120 1 January 1890
Granville Granville
Main Suburban 21.220 2 July 1860 Parramatta Junction
Green Square Green Square
Airport 2.600 21 May 2000
Guildford Guildford
Old Main South 25.720 April 1876
Gymea Gymea
Cronulla 27.940 16 December 1939
Harris Park Harris Park
Main Western 22.530 1883
Heathcote Heathcote
Illawarra 33.150 9 March 1886
Holsworthy Holsworthy
East Hills 27.760 21 December 1987
Homebush Homebush
Main Suburban 12.740 26 September 1855
Hornsby Hornsby
Main Northern
North Shore
33.860 17 September 1886 Hornsby
Hornsby Junction
NSW TrainLink intercity trains
Hurlstone Park Hurlstone Park
Bankstown 8.800 1 February 1895 Fern Hill
Hurstville Hurstville
Illawarra 14.840 15 October 1884 NSW TrainLink intercity trains, buses
Ingleburn Ingleburn
Main South 45.650 6 September 1859 Macquarie Fields
International Airport International
Airport 8.100 21 May 2000
Jannali Jannali
Illawarra 22.720 7 February 1931
Killara Killara
North Shore 15.890 10 June 1899
Kings Cross King Cross
Eastern Suburbs 3.410 23 June 1979
Kingsgrove Kingsgrove
East Hills 12.620 21 September 1931
Kingswood Kingswood
Main Western 52.700 1 September 1887 Cross Roads
Kirrawee Kirrawee
Cronulla 26.640 16 December 1939
Kogarah Kogarah
Illawarra 11.610 15 October 1884
Lakemba Lakemba
Bankstown 14.480 14 April 1909
Leightonfield LHF Leightonfield
Main South 23.670 24 August 1942
Leppington LEP Leppington
South West Rail Link 0.00 8 February 2015
Leumeah LUM Leumeah
Main South 52.630 1886
Lewisham LWI Lewisham
Main Suburban 6.250 1886
(original site)
19 December 1891
(present site)
Lidcombe Lidcombe
Main Suburban 16.610 1 November 1858 Haslems Creek
Lindfield Lindfield
North Shore 14.600 1 January 1890
Liverpool Liverpool
Main South 35.680 26 September 1856
Loftus Loftus
Illawarra 11.610 9 March 1886
(original site)
9 June 1917
(present site)
Loftus Junction
Macarthur Macarthur
Main South 56.580 28 July 1985 NSW TrainLink intercity trains, buses
Macdonaldtown Macdonaldtown
Main Suburban 2.480 1878
(original site)
3 April 1892
(present site)
Macquarie Fields Macquarie Fields
Main South 43.800 3 October 1888
Macquarie Park Macquarie Park
Epping to Chatswood 20.80 23 February 2009
Macquarie University Macquarie University
Epping to Chatswood 22.07 23 February 2009
Marayong Marayong
Richmond 37.410 2 October 1922
Marrickville Marrickville
Bankstown 6.580 1 February 1895
Martin Place Martins Place
Eastern Suburbs 2.100 23 June 1979
Mascot Mascot
Airport 5.100 21 May 2000
Meadowbank Meadowbank
Main Northern 18.180 1 September 1887 Meadow Bank
Merrylands Merrylands
Old Main South 23.470 6 July 1878
Milsons Point Milsons Point
North Shore 4.434 1 May 1893
(first site)
30 May 1915
(second site)
13 July 1915
(third site)
28 July 1924
(fourth site)
20 March 1932
(present site)
Minto Minto
Main South 49.670 May 1874 Campbellfields
Miranda Miranda
Cronulla 29.510[13] 16 December 1939[13]
Mortdale Mortdale
Illawarra 17.060 20 March 1897
(original site)
14 September 1922
(present site)
Mount Colah Mount Colah
Main Northern 37.680 1 July 1887 Colah
Mount Druitt Mount Druitt
Main Western 35.690 1 November 1915
Mount Kuring-gai Mount Kuring-gai
Main Northern 43.840 19 August 1881
(original site)
8 December 1974
(present site)
Mulgrave Mulgrave
Richmond 52.590 1 December 1864
(original site)
29 June 1939
(present site)
Museum Museum
City Circle 4.990 20 December 1926
Narwee Narwee
East Hills 15.780 21 December 1931
Newtown Newtown
Main Suburban 3.100 26 September 1855
Normanhurst Normanhurst
Main Northern 31.720 21 November 1895 Hornsby
North Strathfield North Strathfield
Main Northern 13.380 9 June 1918
North Sydney North Sydney
North Shore 5.130 20 March 1932
North Ryde North Ryde
Epping to Chatswood 19.39 23 February 2009 Delhi Road
(During planning)
Oatley Oatley
Illawarra 18.280 1886 Oatley
Olympic Park Olympic Park
Olympic Park 17.330 1 May 1998
Padstow Padstow
East Hills 19.340 21 December 1931
Panania Panania
East Hills 22.550 21 December 1931
Parramatta Parramatta
Main Western 23.210 26 September 1855
(original site)
4 July 1860
(present site)
NSW TrainLink intercity trains, buses
Pendle Hill Pendle Hill
Main Western 28.290 12 April 1924
Pennant Hills Pennant Hills
Main Northern 28.580 17 September 1886
Penrith Penrith
Main Western 55.090 19 January 1863
Penshurst Penhurst
Illawarra 18.280 1886
(original site)
4 April 1905
(present site)
Petersham Petersham
Main Suburban 5.500 6 January 1857
Punchbowl Punchbowl
Bankstown 16.450 14 April 1909
Pymble Pymble
North Shore 18.900 1 January 1890
Quakers Hill Quakers Hill
Richmond 40.090 1872
(as siding)
30 March 1905
(original site)
29 June 1939
(present site)
Douglas Siding
Redfern Redfern
Main Suburban
1.300 15 April 1878[14] Eveleigh
NSW TrainLink intercity trains
Regents Park Regents Park
Main South 19.860 11 November 1912
(original site)
2 March 1914
(with platform)
8 October 1924
(present site)
Revesby Revesby
East Hills 20.960 21 December 1931
Rhodes Rhodes
Main Northern 16.580 17 September 1886
Richmond Richmond
Richmond 60.680 1 December 1864
Riverstone Riverstone
Richmond 45.960 1 December 1864
Riverwood Riverwood
East Hills 20.960 21 December 1931 Herne Bay
Rockdale Rochdale
Illawarra 10.410 15 October 1884
Rooty Hill Rooty Hill
Main Western 40.910 23 December 1861
1 January 1862
(with platform)
1 December 1864
(after closure
21 July 1862)
Rosehill Rose Hill
Carlingford 22.420 1 August 1901
(original site)
14 May 1959
(present site)
Roseville Roseville
North Shore 13.270 1 January 1890 Rossville
Rydalmere Rydalmere
Carlingford 24.010 24 April 1896 Victoria Road
Schofields Schofields
Richmond 43.750 1870 (original site)
29 October 2011 (present site)
Sefton Sefton
Main South 21.190 8 October 1924
Seven Hills Seven Hills
Main Western 32.060 1 December 1863
6 February 1869
(with platform)
St James St James
City Circle 4.400 20 December 1926
St Leonards St Leonards
North Shore 8.410 1 January 1890
St Marys St Marys
Main Western 47.420 1 May 1862 South Creek
St Peters St Peters
Illawarra 3.810 15 October 1884
Stanmore Stanmore
Main Suburban 4.670 1878
Strathfield Strathfield
Main Suburban 11.810 9 July 1876
(original site)
23 September 1900
(second site)
6 November 1922
(present site)
NSW TrainLink intercity and regional trains
Summer Hill Summer Hill
Main Suburban 7.030 15 September 1879
Sutherland Sutherland
Illawarra 24.640 26 December 1885 NSW TrainLink intercity trains, buses
Sydenham Sydenham
Illawarra 5.310 15 October 1884 Marrickville
Telopea Telopea
Carlingford 26.340[15] 13 June 1925[15]
Tempe Tempe
Illawarra 6.840[16] 15 October 1884[16]
Thornleigh Thornleigh
Main Northern 29.430[17] 17 September 1886[17]
Toongabbie Toongabbie
Main Western 29.960[18] 26 April 1880[18]
Town Hall Town Hall
North Shore
City Circle
1.180[19] 28 February 1932[19]
Turramurra Turramurra
North Shore 20.820[20] 1 January 1890[20] Eastern Road
Turrella Turrella
East Hills 8.630[21] 21 September 1931[21]
Villawood Villawood
Main South 24.500[22] 8 October 1924[22]
Vineyard Vineyard
Richmond 49.230[23] 14 July 1935[23]
Wahroonga Wahroonga
North Shore 22.770[24] 1 January 1890[24] Pearces Corner
Waitara Waitara
North Shore 24.210[25] 20 April 1895[25]
Warrawee Warrawee
North Shore 21.89 1 August 1900[citation needed]
Warwick Farm Warwick Farm
Main South 34.160[26] 18 March 1889[26]
Waterfall Waterfall
Illawarra 38.740[27] 9 March 1886
(original site)
(second site)
4 May 1905
(present site)[27]
NSW TrainLink intercity trains
Waverton Waverton
North Shore 6.110[28] 1 May 1893[28] Bay Road
Wentworthville Wentworthville
Main Western 26.640[29] 1883[29] T R Smith’s Platform
Werrington Werrington
Main Western 49.080[30] 2 May 1868[30] Parkes Platform
West Ryde West Ryde
Main Northern 19.200[31] 17 September 1886[31] Ryde
Westmead Westmead
Main Western 25.160[32] March 1883[32] NSW TrainLink intercity trains, buses
Wiley Park Wiley
Bankstown 15.350[33] 19 June 1938[33]
Windsor Windsor
Richmond 54.980[34] 1 December 1864[34]
Wolli Creek Wolli Creek
7.300[35] 21 May 2000[36] NSW TrainLink intercity trains, buses
Wollstonecraft Wollstonecraft
North Shore 7.180[37] 1 May 1893[37] Edwards Road
Woolooware Woolooware
Cronulla 33.600[38] 16 December 1939[38]
Wynyard Wynyard
North Shore
City Circle
2.050[39] 28 February 1932[39]
Yagoona Yagoona
Bankstown 20.560[40] 16 July 1928[40]
Yennora Yennora
Old Main South 27.440[41] 6 November 1927[41

Ray LaHood

Raymond H. “Ray” LaHood (born December 6, 1945) is an American politician who served as United States Secretary of Transportation from 2009 until 2013. A Republican from Illinois, LaHood represented Illinois’s 18th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2009.

Secretary of Transportation[edit]

LaHood works on a Habitat for Humanity project in Brooklyn, New York City, June 2009
On December 19, 2008, President-elect Barack Obama announced that he would nominate LaHood to be the next Transportation Secretary. LaHood’s résumé on transport matters was considered thin by some critics, including the Wall Street Journal despite the fact that he served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.[9] As a member of the House Appropriations Committee he won praise for his “skills as an arbiter” in being able to bridge sometimes bitter partisan divides in the Congress, something the position would require.[17] Some critics alleged a reputation for pork barrel spending, including in support of campaign contributors. The Washington Post reported that of the $60 million in earmarks LaHood secured for his district in 2008, $9 million went to campaign donors.

His nomination was confirmed by the Senate by voice vote on January 21, 2009. He was, with Robert Gates, one of two Republican members of the Obama Cabinet.

On February 3, 2010, LaHood was criticized for advice he was asked to give while testifying before a congressional committee regarding Toyota’s recall of 2.3 million vehicles due to sudden acceleration, wherein he suggested Toyota owners stop driving their cars. LaHood qualified his statement within an hour and a half of his testimony, spelling out that he meant “owners of any recalled Toyota models (should) contact their local dealer and get their vehicles fixed as soon as possible.”

LaHood is a supporter of airline passenger rights to facilities, food and water during lengthy on-aircraft delays. He is also a strong proponent of high-speed rail, saying “This is what the American people want. If you build it, they will come.”

LaHood announced his plans to step down as transportation secretary at the end of Obama’s first term in 2013. He did not seek any public office after that, and instead entered the private sector.

On December 6, 2011, LaHood accepted the resignation of FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, who was charged with drunk driving near his Washington home. In February 2013 LaHood lamented the amount of infrastructure spending that was approved by Congress during his tenure at the Department of Transportation. “America is one big pothole right now,” LaHood said in an interview on “The Diane Rehm Show” on National Public Radio. He went on to mention that Congress passed a $105 billion surface transportation bill last year, but he lamented the fact that the measure only provided appropriations for road and transit projects until 2014. “Congress passed a two-year bill. Ordinarily they would pass a five year bill,” he said. “It was only a two-year bill because they couldn’t find enough money to fund a five-year bill.”

On January 29, 2013, LaHood announced he would resign as the Secretary of the Department of Transportation upon the confirmation of his successor by the United States Senate. President Obama nominated Anthony Foxx, the incumbent mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, to succeed LaHood. Foxx was subsequently confirmed by the U.S. Senate and was sworn into the position on July 2, 2013.

Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Transportation, US

Anthony Renard Foxx (born April 30, 1971) is an American politician who has been United States Secretary of Transportation since 2013. He served as the Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, from 2009 to 2013. He was first elected to the Charlotte City Council in 2005, and he was elected as Mayor on November 3, 2009, winning 51.5% of the vote and defeating his City Council colleague, Republican John Lassiter. He won a second term on November 8, 2011, winning more than two-thirds of the vote against Republican Scott Stone. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Originally elected at the age of 38, Foxx was the youngest mayor of Charlotte, and was the first Democrat to hold the office since Harvey Gantt left office in 1987.He was Charlotte’s second African American mayor, as well as its first newly elected mayor since 1995, when Pat McCrory began the first of his record seven terms in office. On April 5, 2013, he announced that he would not seek reelection as Mayor in 2013.

On April 29, 2013, President Barack Obama said he would nominate Foxx to be the Secretary of Transportation. On June 27, 2013 the Senate confirmed the nomination of Foxx to the post of Secretary of Transportation on a vote of 100-0. He was sworn into the position on July 2, 2013.

The Follo Line Project

The Follo Line Project

The project is currently the largest transport project in Norway and includes the country’s longest railway tunnel (20 km). Combined with the existing Østfold Line, four tracks to the capital Oslo will represent more trains and faster trains on schedule.

Tunnel tverrsnitt

The Follo Line will form the core part of the InterCity development southwards from Oslo. The project will comprise a 20 km long tunnel which will be Norway’s first long twin tube rail tunnel.

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The Follo Line Project:

  • currently Norway’s largest transport project
  • forms the core part of InterCity development southwards from Oslo
  • 22 km new double track line from Norway’s capital to the public transport center of Ski
  • includes extensive works at Oslo Central Station and the construction of a new station at Ski
  • includes the necessary realignment of tracks for the existing Østfold Line on the approach to Oslo Central Station and between the tunnel and the new Ski Station
  • will comprise the construction of around 64 km new railway tracks
  • will comprise a 20 km long tunnel; Norway’s longest railway tunnel to date and the longest rail tunnel in the Nordic countries
  • to be excavated mainly with tunnel boring machines (TBM), but also by drill & blast and drill & split
  • the first long railway tunnel in Norway with separate twin tunnels
  • provides increased traffic capacity to and from Oslo
  • will enable a 50 % reduction in journey time between Oslo and Ski
  • designed for speed up to 250 km/h
  • important preparatory work started in 2013 and will be completed in 2015
  • EPC contracts to be signed in 2015
  • main construction phase commence in 2015
  • scheduled for completion in the end of 2021


Source: http://www.jernbaneverket.no/en/startpage1/Projects/New-double-track-Oslo-Ski/