Brisbane to Melbourne high speed rail cost estimate slashed | 'We need to commit now,' rail chief says
"It makes absolute sense, we have bulging cities with excessive economically crippling congestion, laborsome and expensive long distances to travel, inadequate interstate services, not to mention a Rural Australia lagging behind in health, jobs and education. Anyone in Albury-Wodonga or Wagga Wagga who opposes this is absolutely nuts. Why would you want an inferior economy and standard of living when it could be so much better? You want an economy builder, a job creator, a whole new industry? Then this is probably the best way to achieve this. As for the technology... well it is well and truly proven internationally, and if you're worried about hot temperatures (Similar to Spain who have HSR)... the engineers have got it. Just remember, it won't be useless politicians actually driving the trains, so frankly I find the skepticism ill-informed and damaging. I personally dream of an eastern corridor where one can raise a family in Albury Wodonga, where parents can work in a big building in Melbourne or Sydney, while their kids attend any School or University they wish and still afford it. Where people will choose to settle in and build Albury Wodonga's economy rather than suffocate a big city.
We will reap the benefits from this, and it's quite frankly time to get this started. I don't want to be stuck in the stone age, all I ask is to see a bit of foresight, a bit of guts, a bit of intelligent planning and a fast, economical and practical transport option between the majority of our cities!"
Comment by Wil Hayes http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/2654933/commit-to-high-speed-rail-now/?cs=53