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The Victorian Greens have called on the state and federal governments to recommit to a Broadmeadows connection as part of the airport rail link.
Posted in Gunzelling Reports on 2013-04-11 15:57:08
High speed rail would be the best.
Travelling from the centre of Sydney to the centre of Melbourne in less than three hours on an airconditioned train with power outlets and Wi-Fi and cup holders and seats that recline a bit but not too much to upset the person behind, and maybe a great meal car somewhere in the middle of a train that also sells magazines – that would be entirely appropriate to the modern world.
PLANS for a Brisbane-Sydney-Melbourne high-speed train hinge, more than anything, on one question: if you struggle to get Australians out of their cars and on to public transport, how are you going to get them out of their aeroplanes?
It's not just the cost. Australians simply don't do long-distance rail travel; in fact, only about 3 per cent of long-distance journeys take place on a train. Getting your interstate travellers down to the railway station will require a significant cultural shift.