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Australia's infrastructure .. it's not just the NBN

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 04:42 PM

Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey has come out to dump on the idea of high speed rail, seemingly forever:

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Other infrastructure priorities relating to roads, health and education should take precedence, Mr Hockey says.

He does not believe Australia's population will be big enough to warrant high-speed rail.


Looks like the Coalition has no interest in rail of any kind at all, now or in the foreseeable future.
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Posted 26 August 2013 - 02:20 PM

So..... high speed rail is back on the table.....

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Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced funding to take the next steps towards building a multi-billion-dollar high-speed rail network on Australia's east coast.

The project, which would link the major east coast centres of Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, has been estimated to cost $114 billion and has a completion date of 2053, at the earliest.

Labor has promised to legislate to protect the 1,748-kilometre corridor for the project and to establish a new High Speed Rail Authority.
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Posted 26 August 2013 - 04:15 PM

View Postscotto, on 26 August 2013 - 02:20 PM, said:

So..... high speed rail is back on the table.....

Here.

There was a radically new form of land transport shown on the ABC yestermorn that has the potential to make high speed passenger rail redundant; only caught a few seconds of the programme unfortunately.
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Posted 26 August 2013 - 04:40 PM

View PostRoderick, on 26 August 2013 - 04:15 PM, said:

There was a radically new form of land transport shown on the ABC yestermorn that has the potential to make high speed passenger rail redundant; only caught a few seconds of the programme unfortunately.

Hmm.... I'm thinking of the guy in the US who wants to build air-pressure lifted carriages that are driven in tubes.... is that the one?
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Posted 26 August 2013 - 05:55 PM

View Postscotto, on 26 August 2013 - 04:40 PM, said:

Hmm.... I'm thinking of the guy in the US who wants to build air-pressure lifted carriages that are driven in tubes.... is that the one?


Who needs a carriage? ;)

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 04:50 PM

Über wedgie!
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Posted 27 August 2013 - 05:06 PM

View Postscotto, on 26 August 2013 - 04:40 PM, said:

Hmm.... I'm thinking of the guy in the US who wants to build air-pressure lifted carriages that are driven in tubes.... is that the one?

That sounds like it, not much scenery but then there's not much in an airliner either.
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Posted 29 August 2013 - 06:28 AM

View PostRoderick, on 27 August 2013 - 05:06 PM, said:

That sounds like it, not much scenery but then there's not much in an airliner either.

Yes, and stunningly fast.
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Posted 29 August 2013 - 07:38 AM

View Postscotto, on 29 August 2013 - 06:28 AM, said:

Yes, and stunningly fast.

and if it 'gets off the ground' will make high speed rail only suitable for slower journeys.

I believe that the London Post had a passenger carrying underground tube that was a larger version of the well known pneumatic message tubes, so the basic idea (very!!) works.
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Posted 28 November 2013 - 03:52 PM

We see Albo coming back to the High Speed Rail idea.

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The Federal Opposition will introduce legislation to Parliament to start preserving land for a high-speed rail line from Brisbane to Melbourne.


No doubt this is being used as a way of putting the government under pressure given their recent reneging on education funding and screwups with Indonesia, but I'm glad to see this idea given some more air time.
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Posted 03 February 2014 - 03:57 PM

so.... second Sydney airport? Wasn't this supposed to be decided late last year?

could the state gumment be running dead on this to save the Feds some embarrassment?
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Posted 04 February 2014 - 06:50 AM

Just for interest, have a look at Atmospheric Railway
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Posted 18 February 2014 - 05:43 AM

View PostRoderick, on 04 February 2014 - 06:50 AM, said:

Just for interest, have a look at Atmospheric Railway

Yes I've seen this stuff before. Apparently there was a proposal to revive this in the US recently, but nothing's come of it to my knowledge.

It would be nice to see ANY proposal,for the future for the current gumment, aside from slashing education.

Currently we don't even have a minister for science.
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Posted 16 April 2014 - 10:44 AM

At last a decision - 30 years in the making - about the second Sydney airport. Amazing!
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