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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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PA1 2:49 pm 14 Jun 12

I had a look at the department of infrastructure’s report into high speed rail and what it did put forward as the main suggestion was that the Canberra section would operate as a spur line to the main Melbourne to Sydney HSR line.

Now you may be thinking why wouldn’t the line just go west after Canberra. The main reason for this is that the terrain west of Canberra is quite mountainous and would require billion of dollars worth of tunnels, so to reduce cost, Canberra will be a terminus.

Now what I suggest for Canberra is a terminal around the Kingston/Majura corridor so that the track can use the flat and unpopulated area (to reduce cost) and a light metro link (not a tram) to the city as a part of a Canberra light metro system. A trip from the city to the train terminal should take less than 10 minutes and cost significantly less than building a station at the city.

lindilou 1:04 pm 14 Jun 12

Madam Cholet said :

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 seem to think that you will still be alive when they finally build this. Even if they do build it in your lifetime, you might be holed up in your old-aged pensioners accommdation being spoon fed by then

Looks like someone here’s an optimist.. (I’m being the most sarcastic I can be, if you didn’t get it already)

Madam Cholet 12:50 pm 14 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 seem to think that you will still be alive when they finally build this. Even if they do build it in your lifetime, you might be holed up in your old-aged pensioners accommdation being spoon fed by then

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