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Snow wants very fast train for airport.

By Mr Evil 16 March 2008 43

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.

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Pandy 7:13 am 19 Mar 08

Government to place $1 billion in to the project. Private investors another billion, plus they want tax breaks. Will it happen?

JC 6:39 am 18 Mar 08

Smokey, as someone else pointed out one of the original plans had the main VFT line skirt around the ACT/NSW border in the Gungahlin/Belco area. The two proposals for a Canberra station were the one Mr Snow likes with a branch being sent down Majura ave to the Airport where the station would be located, the 2nd was to have the station near Mitchell. As I said tounge in cheek why not put it in a tunnel under Northborne Ave. Cost aside it would work. No fast train will go anywhere near QBN, Fyshwick or the current Canberra station, unless it was a spur to allow freight trains to operate to the industrial area’s.

If the line was built to allow freight trains to operate on the line (which would make it more incentive and fiable) you would have to create the line on more traditional gradients which in turn increases the cost. It is for this reason that freight trains do not operate on French TGV lines, although in good olde England being so flat the new extension they have made to the line to the chunnel is freight train capable but apparently slots are only going to be at night.

thetruth 11:21 pm 17 Mar 08

Well, the Howard goons and cronies never had any foresight, never cared about Canberra. You will all no doubt remember that Howard wanted Sydney to be the capital of Australia as well. They actively attempted to destroy Canberra. We possibly could have had it earlier.

It would be great. For many reasons. But will their be money from the Federal Government?

Time will tell.

The reason it fell over was that the private sector players asked for way too much in the way of public subsidy and tax breaks.

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