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Toot toot! High speed rail rides again

By johnboy 11 April 2013 50

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The ABC has inside running on the oft discussed high speed rail link.

A high-speed rail link along Australia’s east coast would not be completed until at least 2053 and would cost $114 billion to build, according to a report to be released today.

The Federal Government’s final report says the rail link between Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne would require 1,700 kilometres of dedicated track and 144 kilometres of tunnelling.

A trip between Canberra and Sydney would take just over an hour, though trains would not begin running on the first section of track until 2030 at the earliest.

Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese has told AM the Government is serious about giving it further thought, and wants a public debate about the idea.

Off you go then.

[Photo by mdid CC BY 2.0]


UPDATE: Simon Sheikh is hailing this as a triumph of the Greens. Green MLA Shane Rattenbury is also joining in the applause.

FURTHER UPDATE: Our local Labor Members have jointly expressed their joys.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Late to the party the Bullet Trainers want it all brought forward.

One more update for the road: Simon and Katy have bestirred themselves to agree it’s a good thing we’re included. They also like the idea of the train station being in Civic.

What’s Your opinion?


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Aeek 2:27 pm 12 Apr 13

Thumper said :

And those new fangled moving pictures…

I don’t get what’s so great about attaching a picture to buses and taxis ?

poetix 2:11 pm 12 Apr 13

Thumper said :

poetix said :

Thumper said :

astrojax said :

FioBla said :

Only accepts coins.

gold [ones]

…and have we invented air travel yet..?

I believe that is a yes. Hot air balloons are all the rage these days.

Zeppelins. That’s what we need.

(Oh the humanity.)

And those new fangled moving pictures…

Ev’ry step you do leads to something new, man, I’m telling you it’s a lapazoo:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kJWdUFzL0Y&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Thumper 1:40 pm 12 Apr 13

poetix said :

Thumper said :

astrojax said :

FioBla said :

Only accepts coins.

gold [ones]

…and have we invented air travel yet..?

I believe that is a yes. Hot air balloons are all the rage these days.

Zeppelins. That’s what we need.

(Oh the humanity.)

And those new fangled moving pictures…

poetix 1:02 pm 12 Apr 13

Thumper said :

astrojax said :

FioBla said :

Only accepts coins.

gold [ones]

…and have we invented air travel yet..?

I believe that is a yes. Hot air balloons are all the rage these days.

Zeppelins. That’s what we need.

(Oh the humanity.)

Thumper 12:49 pm 12 Apr 13

astrojax said :

FioBla said :

Only accepts coins.

gold [ones]

…and have we invented air travel yet..?

I believe that is a yes. Hot air balloons are all the rage these days.

astrojax 11:43 am 12 Apr 13

FioBla said :

Only accepts coins.

gold [ones]

…and have we invented air travel yet..?

bundah 9:14 am 12 Apr 13

Where are the bullet train for Canberra people? I would’ve thought they’d have a comment or two to make on RA.

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