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The airport going it alone with high speed rail

By johnboy - 12 June 2012 63

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Canberra Airport have announced their latest grand plan.

They’ve unveiled plans for a high speed rail terminal at the airport, despite there being no high speed rail line.

“This terminal will provide a seamless interface for passengers arriving in Canberra by air ready for their 57
minute train trip to Sydney.

“The facility will cost $140 million (in 2012 dollars) and take two years to build.

“Canberra Airport is today committing to funding the HSR terminal project and will be in a position to consider a start date once the timetable for the HSR is confirmed.”

Mr Byron said Stage Two of the Commonwealth Government’s HSR study was due to be completed by the end of this year, including finalising recommendations for the route.

“We know that Sydney Airport and its surrounding transport infrastructure are already facing capacity issues, and that the Joint Study into Aviation Capacity for the Sydney Region advised that passenger demand in the region (including Canberra and Newcastle) will increase from the 2010 level of 40 million to 58 million in 2020 and 88 million by 2035.

“We also know from Stage One of the HSR study that patronage demand for regional fast train services to and from Canberra will be 11 million in 2036, that the cost per trip between Canberra and Sydney will be around $40 for non-business and $95 for business. The Infrastructure Partners Australia (IPA) report tells us the trip from Canberra to Sydney will take 57 minutes.

“The high speed rail will be a significant, nation-building project with substantial benefits to the Australian economy, from jobs during construction and for the local steel industry, to international tourism, as well as relieving the congestion endured by Sydneysiders as the population grows to six million in 2036.

“The HSR from Canberra to Sydney should be delivered by 2020, with the terminal at Canberra Airport constructed over the last two years of that period.”


UPDATE 12/06/12 16:01 The Greens are thrilled but want a station in Civic too.

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63 Responses to
The airport going it alone with high speed rail
EvanJames 1:03 pm 12 Jun 12

p1 said :

Built it and they will come?

Just like Brand Depot! That worked well.

dungfungus 1:02 pm 12 Jun 12

Someone at the Costco International Airport where passenger movements are in steady decline, has been sniffing Avgas again.
They should read up on what the French TGV did to the airline business between Paris and Lyon.
This is almost as silly as the “24 hour freight hub” proposal.

harvyk1 1:00 pm 12 Jun 12

Primal said :

Holden Caulfield said :

I’m pretty sure most punters will happily make the 15 minute commute from the City to the airport to get on board.

For a weekend away in Sydney, the notion of being able to park at the airport and get to Sydney in under an hour by train? Would be awesome.

You can already do that by plane…
The HSR will exist for international pax, whilst no doubt locals can use the train, it is not been built for us.

EvanJames 12:58 pm 12 Jun 12

I’ve been banging on about this for some time. Part of Snow’s original vision when buying the airport was to capitalise on the lack of a curfew, and bring in Sydney-bound international flights when Sydney is closed, process them here (customs and immigration) and then pack them into a fast train and ship them to Sydney, where they wanted to be in the first place. Almost a Narita model, or Gatwick/Heathrow, once you look at the distances.

He also had a dream of doing the same thing with freight (the model being an air movement on the runway every 2.5 minutes), however most VFT-type trains don’t do freight, so maybe that’s why it’s dropped off the agenda here.

Will be VERY interesting to see the full plans for the train tracks and stations. Some earlier plans I’ve seen, where the airport helpfully paid for full plans to be drafted up, had train tracks cutting straight through peoples’ homes in Pialligo.

And if he still wants to do the freight thing, he’s got the current train track that comes in via Qbn to Kingston, through Fyshwick. Woudln’t surprise me if he has some plans for a side track from the airport to a new freight terminal at Fyshwick. A land-grab will be necessary for that. And for his VFT to sydney. Lot of land between here and Sydney.

Chop71 12:56 pm 12 Jun 12

Good Work Canberra Airport.

Great to see someone with the balls to actually do something rather than talk about it for the next 50 years. Them getting on the front foot and building a terminal is quite smart and takes other terminal locations out of play if there is already one built.

Primal 12:54 pm 12 Jun 12

Holden Caulfield said :

I’m pretty sure most punters will happily make the 15 minute commute from the City to the airport to get on board.

For a weekend away in Sydney, the notion of being able to park at the airport and get to Sydney in under an hour by train? Would be awesome.

Sammy 12:53 pm 12 Jun 12

lindilou said :

The airport has a limited vision … A HSR going through Canberra would need to have a station in the city

And where does your seemingly grander vision imagine that the high-speed rail line will travel? Down the centre of Northbourne Avenue? Gliding over top of intersections, held aloft by unicorns?

Holden Caulfield 12:38 pm 12 Jun 12

lindilou said :

The airport has a limited vision, which doesn’t seek benefiting the wider community. The Federal Government wants the HSR go from Melbourne to Brisbane, however looking at the render it makes me think that they are only interested in connecting Canberra airport to Sydney for their own agenda. A HSR going through Canberra would need to have a station in the city, as it would be most accessible. Although, I can see some benefits in placing one at the airport (i.e. having international flights from Canberra), there has to be a station in the city also!

I know it’s not comparing apples with apples, but the airport seems to manage okay without having a terminal in the city, haha.

If pigs fly by my third floor window to announce that this HSR has indeed become a reality and a train can then get from Canberra to Melbourne in two hours, or whatever, I’m pretty sure most punters will happily make the 15 minute commute from the City to the airport to get on board.

p1 12:35 pm 12 Jun 12

Built it and they will come?

Felix the Cat 12:32 pm 12 Jun 12

lindilou said :

The airport has a limited vision, which doesn’t seek benefiting the wider community. The Federal Government wants the HSR go from Melbourne to Brisbane, however looking at the render it makes me think that they are only interested in connecting Canberra airport to Sydney for their own agenda. A HSR going through Canberra would need to have a station in the city, as it would be most accessible. Although, I can see some benefits in placing one at the airport (i.e. having international flights from Canberra), there has to be a station in the city also!

HSR can’t stop everywhere of it won’t be HSR. Passengers can take other public transport to Canberra city.

sien 12:29 pm 12 Jun 12

This is DOA.

The coalition have said they will submit these types of projects to the Productivity Commission.

When Abbott gets in next year this is effectively nixed.

lindilou 12:11 pm 12 Jun 12

Also, they should use Japanese HSR technology, which has a proven on-time and safety record!

lindilou 12:09 pm 12 Jun 12

The airport has a limited vision, which doesn’t seek benefiting the wider community. The Federal Government wants the HSR go from Melbourne to Brisbane, however looking at the render it makes me think that they are only interested in connecting Canberra airport to Sydney for their own agenda. A HSR going through Canberra would need to have a station in the city, as it would be most accessible. Although, I can see some benefits in placing one at the airport (i.e. having international flights from Canberra), there has to be a station in the city also!

CrocodileGandhi 12:03 pm 12 Jun 12

Some brilliant Cargo Cult thinking there.

AG Canberra 11:58 am 12 Jun 12

Bring it on. Someone really needs to bite the bullet (train) and make this happen.

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