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A new study has found the proposed high-speed rail system between Melbourne and Brisbane is more commercially viable than the government has revealed.
A two-year analysis by Beyond Zero Emissions found that a 1,799km rail system between Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane could be built within 11 years at a cost of $84bn, $30bn less than previous government estimates.
Research director Gerard Drew told Tom Elliott the rail was now a real possibility.
“It gets more real the longer that we neglect the infrastructure that we need in this country,” he said.
“The high-speed rail is one important component, as we’ve witnessed, the growing congestion in our airports as well as our cities … is the effect of just concentrating on the development of population growth in just a few pockets of our country.”
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Mr Drew said there was too much confusion between population density and actual travel.
He said their comprehensive research revealed an “enormous demand” for the high-speed rail system.
“It comes down to a bit of vision really,” he said.
“This is something that would be completely transformational for Australia.”