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Five priorities to guide rail policy

Posted in Rail News on 2019-05-07 14:35:20

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has released five rail priorities to guide the policy development of whichever party wins the 2019 federal election.

INFRASTRUCTURE Australia (IA), the independent body that advises the federal and state governments on infrastructure priorities and funding, has released a policy paper calling on Australian governments to protect vital corridors to avoid cost overruns when delivering new roads and railways.

More than half a century has passed since high-speed rail (HSR) effectively began operating, in Japan in 1964, and it has been mooted for Australia since 1984.

Ahead of the upcoming 2019 election, the Federal Government has pledged $2 billion for a fast rail line between Melbourne and Geelong. The line would cut the 80km journey in half, to just 32 minutes.

Australasian Railway Association (ARA) CEO, Danny Broad, has welcomed the announcement by the Prime Minister that $2 billion will be allocated for fast rail between Geelong and Melbourne, and $40 million for detailed assessments of five additional fast rail corridors.

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