Ben Sandilands January 4, 2017 13 Comments
China's long game in economic power plays will see it put a train load of cheap imports into a London freight yard just as Donald Trump arrives at the White House
Ben Sandilands June 30, 2016 14 Comments
Want a fast train in Australia? How about starting with short, high frequency routes financed by housing developers?
Ben Sandilands April 11, 2016 77 Comments
The longest election campaign in Australian history meets the fastest trains it might never get, yet again
Ben Sandilands March 11, 2016 33 Comments
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s announcing that the Sydney West airport at Badgerys Creek will be rail ready on its opening is a signal that public transport is one of his policy commitments that hasn’t been hand braked by the coalition’s conservative power brokers.
Ben Sandilands January 20, 2016 25 Comments
It is 60 years since Sydney’s Circular Quay rail station opened, driving the final nail into the coffin of its original 2nd harbour rail crossing.
Ben Sandilands May 11, 2015 54 Comments
The prolonged and childish destruction of the functionality of the Epping to Chatswood rail link is only just sinking in for Sydney commuters, while the asset sale supposed to fund a second (actually third) harbour train crossing is being undermined by advances in renewable energy technology.
Ben Sandilands April 22, 2015 19 Comments
Another tantalizing glimpse of the future of high speed surface transport came with this week’s setting of a 603 kmh speed record by Japan’s test Maglev train project.
Ben Sandilands February 9, 2015 64 Comments
Sydney has just opened an extravagently costly SW Rail Link which will never, ever, be able to accommodate the trains that will be run on its incomplete NW Rail Link after it opens in four years time.
Ben Sandilands November 18, 2014 9 Comments
Coming after a week in which other media carried stories about airline passengers being ‘robbed’ of up to $1200 in an in-flight wi-fi ‘gotcha’ for going past their paid data allocation there were two good news stories, from Emirates, the airline, and Eurostar, the high speed rail network.
Ben Sandilands September 17, 2014 13 Comments
As reported in the Fairfax media and Plane Talking previously the NSW government has confirmed it will physically and deliberately destroy the heavy rail capabilities of the almost brand new Chatswood-Epping rail line to pursue its toy train set ambitions for the NW Rail Link from Epping to Cudgegong Road.
Ben Sandilands August 19, 2014 12 Comments
The light rail link that opened between Dallas Fort Worth airport and downtown Dallas overnight mightn’t be all that useful to Qantas passengers flying to DFW to do business in the sprawling Texas city but check out the fare, just $US 2.50! It’s a stunning reminder that the funding and pricing of private public partnership […]
Ben Sandilands July 31, 2014 34 Comments
Commentary Bureacratic and ideologically driven madness is the natural enemy of good people in public office, and the hard working NSW Transport Minister, Gladys Berejiklian, could be said to be much more the victim rather than cause of the so called Opal smart card for commuters disaster in Sydney.
Ben Sandilands July 6, 2014 9 Comments
Until Independence Day last Friday the only annoying thing that interfered with the long supply chain between Wichita and Renton in Seattle for 737 fuselages was the odd bullet hole.
Ben Sandilands June 12, 2014 22 Comments
The warnings keep mounting, Sydney will be cut off from effective use of rail in its public transport services if the narrow tunnels and punitive small trains proposed for the NW Rail Link go ahead in their current form.
Ben Sandilands June 10, 2014 12 Comments
Not planes but trains, and only in Sydney, where it IS important Earlier today with four hours to kill this reporter visited the nightmare that the northwest railway will inflict on Sydney commuters by catching a few suburban and inner city trains in Paris. (In peak hour. What was I thinking?)
Ben Sandilands May 10, 2014 35 Comments
A trains not planes public transport editorial The harbour city may have arrived at its very last chance for the new NSW Premier Mike Baird, to correct a terrible planning calamity on Sydney’s much needed NW Rail link, or it may be too late, and it will have to become an awful monument to flawed […]
Ben Sandilands April 13, 2014 31 Comments
The electorally timely announcement by the Premier of Victoria, Dr Denis Napthine, that a Melbourne Airport-City rail link will be built is taking a hammering in the media as a vote grabbing stunt. But does it have merit?
Ben Sandilands August 26, 2013 49 Comments
Transport related election story The day is barely half over and the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his deputy Anthony Albanese have promoted a high speed rail network between Melbourne and Brisbane via Canberra and Sydney as costing less over the time it takes to build than the opposition leader Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave […]