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Melbourne-Sydney very fast train tops wish list for Rudd Government

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December 20, 2008 01:55am

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Fast-track ... a $59 billion project to link Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney by very fast train is at the top of a Federal Government wish list for road and rail projects
  • Plan to link Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney
  • Proposal tops priority list of rail projects
  • Global financial crisis to affect plans
AN ambitious $59 billion project to link Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney by very fast train is at the top of a Federal Government wish list for road and rail projects.

The proposal heads a priority list of 94 projects, worth $190 billion, selected by the Government's Infrastructure Australia (IA), which was charged with sifting through 1000 submissions.

Releasing the list today, Transport Minister Anthony Albanese would not commit to any projects but said the preliminary report, compiled by IA chairman Sir Rod Eddington, would allow "further prioritisation".

Sir Rod was frank, saying the global financial crisis would affect short-term plans.

But it would not hurt the long-term ambitions of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, he said.

"What we've been asked to do by the Government is to provide a pipeline of projects for their consideration for one, two, three decades," Sir Rod said.

"And I think it's very important that we don't confuse the need to get the right pipeline in place with the realities of short-term capital availability."

The short list highlights projects in every state and territory, including rural and urban rail and roads, ports, energy, water, communications and indigenous affairs.

Most audacious is the very fast train plan linking east coast capitals, a massive project that has been a pipe dream of successive governments for about two decades now.

If the plan does garner Government support it has the potential to turn Canberra into a dormitory suburb of Sydney with the two capitals just 90 minutes from each other.

Other major projects include a long promised freight-only train line through northern Sydney at a cost of $4 billion and a desalination plant for Adelaide which would cost $2.4 billion.

At the bottom of the list is a $7.2 million bridge replacement in Adelaide.

The Australian Greens damned the short list, saying it locked the nation into a "high-polluting" future.

The top 94 projects will be the focus of Sir Eddington's final report, due to be submitted to the federal government in March.

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Crazy Horse of Fort Courage Posted at 12:39pm December 25, 2008

Run it around the entire country

Lance Le Posted at 6:03pm December 21, 2008

I live in Adelaide. I think thats a good idea with a bullet train in Australia. I wish they did consider putting Adelaide & Perth into part of the plans.

Brendon Posted at 5:38pm December 20, 2008

High speed trains are more than comparable to air travel. 80% of income from air travel comes from business travel. Now the figures, from your office in Melbourne to the airport 30 -45 minutes plus the need to be at the airport 30 minutes prior to depature, 60 minute flight, 30 45 minute taxi ride. the best part of 3 to 4 hours. Train from Melbourne to Sydney distance 750 ks at an average speed of 250 ks an hour, 3 hours with less stress and to the city centre. Airlines will have to lift their game, its good competition. Seen it of Brisbane is incorrect that distances are short. There are 100s of services a day from one end of Japan to the other a distance of about 2000 ks, and Yes the Japanese system was built in 70s, this shows how far behind the rest of the world we are. The implementation of this train service may lift the rest of the public transport system, lets hope. Brisbane to Sydney on the XPT currently takes 14 hours, are you Joking. If KRudd doesn't do this I will vote for Crackers the clown, I mean Malcolm Turnbull.

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