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Whilst Australia's media, and public conversation in general, are besotted with Prime Minister
Abbott's numerous gaffes, the terrorist threat and the economy's ups and downs, and a lot
of chest-beating is going on about some major projects, little attention is being paid to the
fundamentals of freight movement. Instead, as is becoming increasingly the norm, narrow sectional
interests seem to conquer over broader, long-term considerations.
As a long-term Sydneysider I don't have a detailed insight into what is happening interstate, but
there is enough going on in the NSW infrastructure quagmire to write several books about.
Take, for example, the soon-to-be-built Badgery's Creek Airport. Miles out of town and with no
direct rail link, it will take a lot of convincing to persuade airlines to go out there. And whilst it is closer
to the newly developing industrial hubs of Western Sydney, its distinct lack of accessibility, plus the
long-established airfreight conglomeration around Sydney Airport, mean that even freight operators
may well be in two minds about supporting it in preference to remaining in the Mascot area.
And there is another even more forceful fact to consider: we don't need it!
Yes, you read it right: we don't need Badgery's Creek Airport.
A simple analysis of the Bureau of Transport, Infrastructure and Regional Economics' (www.bitre.
gov.au) regular airport activity reports show that no less than 23% of Australia's 57 million domestic
passengers to June 2015 travelled between Sydney and Melbourne, or Sydney and Brisbane, on
approximately 90,000 aircraft movements.
Overseas experience tells us that a high-speed railway (HSR) service drastically cuts demand
for airline travel, by something in the order of 70%. That would cut over 60,000 movements out of
Sydney Airport, reducing congestion, pollution, noise and traffic chaos.
And the east coast HSR is desirable and economical. While vested interests well and truly buried
the fledgling HSR campaign in the 1980s, it is a subject that is attracting renewed interest, and for
With Australia's population growth set to continue at its current illogical and unaffordable rate, road
freight and air travel are not likely to be able to keep up with the growth in demand. And now, a new
book describes how the HSR is not only desirable and economical, but also affordable.
Peter Knight in his new book High Speed Rail for Australia - Now (www.veryfasttrain.com.au) shows
how the HSR can easily become economically feasible, by building a fast freight rail (FFR) line along-
side the passenger line. This would halve the cost and delivery time of interstate freight along the east
coast, reduce road traffic, and the associated pollution and carnage that truck drivers experience.
Peter Knight discusses new engineering and economic concepts not considered before, and thus
recalibrates the debate on HSR in Australia.
Well worth reading.
HSR FOR AUSTRALIA MAKES SENSE
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