By Rico Merkert
The announcement by prime minister Kevin Rudd and minister for transport Anthony Albanese on high-speed rail suggests both men at least want to maintain the momentum of the debate on the project.
Firstly, Mr Albanese released and praised an advisory report suggesting the viability of such a project.
Mr Rudd then committed to set up [...]
The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury is celebrating the launch of a Greens’ report on the wonders that will flow from high speed rail:
“The report commissioned by the Greens is an important addition to the debate, as it identifies an enormous $48B of benefits for our nation. These benefits are frequently forgotten when people look at the [...]
7 News brings word that NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell is pushing for an expansion of Canberra Airport and a fast rail link to solve Sydney’s air congestion:
Mr O’Farrell ruled out supporting a second airport in the Sydney basin.
“If you want to have greater flights into this city, do so as happens overseas, by using [...]
The much leaked High Speed Rail Study has been released to the public and fortunately Canberra has been included on the Brisbane-Melbourne mega route.
But before anyone gets excited this “Phase One” report doesn’t touch on financial viability, that will have to wait for “Phase Two”, which is expected in mid 2012 (all before a single [...]
The Economist have an interesting article on the economics of very fast trains, particularly comparing Japan’s Tokaido route with the planned San Francisco to Los Angeles train in California.
Considering that every five years or so a Lyle Langley wannabe proposes a taxpayer funded VFT linking Canberra to Sydney as a universal panacea this is a [...]
The Age reports that the ancient mirage of the Very Fast Train has again been sighted with the federales ponying up $20 million to look at the idea again.
Worryingly there’s feature creep before a sleeper laid with the trunk route of Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne now sprouting Brisbane and Geelong.
The Canberra Times is reporting that Terry Snow wants to push the Rudd Govt to back a new proposal for a VFT link between Canberra and Sydney.