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Toot Toot! High Speed Rail to include Canberra. (If it happens)

By johnboy 4 August 2011 44

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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 sleeper is laid).

But if it does get built they’re talking about stops at both Civic and Canberra Airport.

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eq2 5:38 am 07 Aug 11

2604 said :

Classified said :

I don’t think the current government has it in them to run with something like this.

I reckon they definitely do. It would make them popular with inner-city green elites as well as rural constituents. And, as you’ve probably noticed, their MO is to spend up big on these sorts of projects and then pay for them by taxing upper income earners (>$80k per year) more. As those upper income earners aren’t in marginal electorates, the political risk to Labor of these extra taxes isn’t all that great. That’s why they could throw money away on the NBN with no regard to what sort of return it might make – if it made money that was great, and if it didn’t, the “rich” would pick up the tab.

BTW, any high-speed train will never, ever stop at a place like Tumut.

WA, SA,TAS, NT and north west QLD won’t like it at all..

grunge_hippy 8:09 am 06 Aug 11

nothappyjan said :

smells like a very fast media distraction……..

well, the gruen transfer on wednesday did mention that the govt needs a distraction from the carbon tax. bingo!

Pandy 11:14 pm 05 Aug 11

I for one support this move.

We will be able to run our old steam trains on new rails.

Innovation 7:49 pm 05 Aug 11

Hmmm – High speed rail and glacial speed implementation. If the powers that be had started 10 to 20 years ago, I’d have settled for medium speed rail and mediocre speed implementation.

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