Resources & Links
Presentation to Engineers Australia
Garry presented Fastrack Australia’s approach to High-Speed Rail to a meeting of the Southern Highlands Division of Engineers’ Australia on Thursday 25th May 2023, outlining:
Why we argue for High-Speed Rail (hint: its about decentralisation)
What High-Speed Rail means (hint: an integrated network)
Where HSR makes sense (hint: SE Australia)
How it should be built (hint: a staged approach over 30-40 years)
How do we maximise its benefits (hint: freight as well as passengers)
When should we do it (hint: start as soon as possible in the Sydney – Canberra corridor)
The presentation draws on the latest work by Fastrack Australia, including on the Sydney – Canberra corridor and on freight using high-speed rail. If you have any questions on high-speed rail, this presentation might answer them.
The Case for High Speed Rail in Australia
A faster rail network progressively connecting all regional cities will spread Australia’s population growth into regional areas. Most Australian’s will be better off, with greater choice of lifestyle and liveability that will only come through faster rail connections.
Other reports of relevance
Recent reports that provide more insight to the regional settlement and economic development impacts that flow from faster rail connections, particularly the implementation of new high speed rail lines.
An independent assessment by the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research of the state-wide economic impacts that implementation of a fast regional commuter rail network would have on settlement patterns, economic growth, fairness and opportunity in Victoria.
A study prepared by SGS Economics and Planning for the Committee for Melbourne recommending that better planning of land use, more integrated and efficient transportation networks and better-aligned laws and regulations along the Melbourne-Sydney-Brisbane corridor would deliver a major boost to Australia's gross domestic product by 2050.
A comprehensive study by the World Bank into the planning, business model, construction, financing and economic viability of high speed rail in China. China has built the largest high-speed rail network in the world. Its impacts go well beyond the railway sector, include changed patterns of urban development, increases in tourism, and promotion of regional economic growth.
The main report by AECOM from its strategic study of a high speed line between Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
Rail as a Catalyst for Regional Growth
The Rail Futures Institute Inc. (RFI) and the Town and Country Planning Association Inc. (TCPA) jointly produced this Discussion Paper in Jan. 2022 to explore the opportunity for Victoria’s regional cities to accommodate a much larger proportion of the State’s future population growth.