A talk by Yarra Trams’ CEO Dennis Cliche on the Melbourne tram network has been scheduled at next week’s AusRAIL PLUS conference in Sydney, particularly among those who want to extend Sydney’s light rail network.
Melbourne has one of the biggest tram networks in the world with 249 kilometres of double track, 80 per cent of which is shared with cars and other traffic.
Operated privately under a franchise arrangement with the Victorian Government, the network is undergoing a modernisation program that includes low-floor access, real-time tram arrival information and priority traffic treatments for trams.
Mr Cliche’s topic is - Light rail: Melbourne’s solution to urban congestion, Route 109. He is one of more than 100 speakers at the conference, to be held at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, on 4-6 December.
The conference is being held at a time when rail in Australia is undergoing a revival.
Billions of dollars of private and public enterprise dollars are going into heavy haul rail and port infrastructure to service the mining industry, and into new and upgraded passenger rail to service existing and new population growth centres.
But the industry faces many challenges, not the least of which are urban congestion, energy prices, skill shortages and climate change.
AusRAIL PLUS 2007, a rail exhibition and conference, will examine the impacts of and opportunities presented by change and growth in the industry.
Speakers will include John Watkins, NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport and Minister for Finance; Tim Fischer, Former Chair, Tourism Australia; Richard Cohen, General Manager, Railway Division, Pilbara Iron; Stephen Cantwell, Chief Operating Officer of QR; and Don Telford, CEO of Pacific National and COO of Asciano.
AusRAIL Plus 2007
- Venue: Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour
- Date: 4 - 6 December 2007
- Time: 9.00am
More information on AusRAIL Plus 2007 is available from Informa Australia.