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The Transport Minister, Gladys Berejiklian, has dismissed concerns raised by her own department that Chatswood station will not be able to cope with an influx of passengers transferring off the north-west rail link.
The Herald this morning revealed analysis showing almost half of passengers in the morning peak hour would not fit on connecting services to the city because of the need to change off the north-west rail link at Chatswood.
The analysis was conducted by consultants from the engineering firm Arup, at the request of the Transport Projects Division within Ms Berejiklian's Transport for NSW.
But speaking on 702 ABC Sydney this morning, Ms Berejiklian said the analysis was based on incomplete information.
MELBOURNE needs to start planning for an underground rail system, former premier Jeff Kennett says.
Twenty years after being sworn in as the 43rd Victorian premier, Mr Kennett nominated building an underground rail network and working with the private sector on urban infrastructure as the two greatest renewal opportunities for the state.
"If I was able to wave a magic wand even now, I would start the planning for an underground rail system," he told the Australian Property Institute Pan Pacific Congress in Melbourne on Tuesday.
"It would cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but I can assure you when you look back in 50 years, or 100 years, whatever you pay today would seem cheap.
NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell has ruled out allowing a recommended 4.4 per cent increase in Sydney rail fares, saying he won't support any price hike without a "demonstrable" improvement in services.
In a draft report released on Tuesday, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) recommended fares begin increasing from January next year, with 4.4 per cent average increases yearly from January 2013 to December 2015.
However, Mr O'Farrell said without service improvements he would not support a fare increase for Sydneysiders above inflation.
"What we've said repeatedly is we'll only agree to CPI increases (if) there is a demonstrable improvement in rail services," Mr O'Farrell told reporters.
HANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Two cars and the locomotive of an Amtrak train carrying about 169 passengers derailed Monday after colliding with a big rig truck in California's Central Valley, authorities said. At least 20 passengers suffered minor to moderate injuries, authorities said.
The 12:25 p.m. crash occurred when the driver of the tractor-trailer carrying cotton trash failed to yield and hit the train, authorities said. The impact pushed the two passenger cars and the locomotive off the tracks south of Hanford, a farming town.
The train traveled about 600 feet after the collision before hitting a switchback and derailing, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Scott Harris.
The North West Rail Link has been given planning approval by the State Government - which says work can get underway in 2014.
The rail line will link Chatswood on Sydney's north shore - with the Hills district in the northwest - and will include eight new train stations.
The Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced last night that overarching planning approval had been granted for the entire project - including two 15 kilometre tunnels and the four kilometre skytrain section.
She says the project's approval comes with certain conditions, including requirements to consult with local councils on mitigation measures where community and council facilities are impacted by construction.