Studies for an Australian east coast very high speed train

Very high speed trains (VHST's) have been under consideration in corridors on the east coast of Australia for over 15 years. Private consortia have made offers to Government to build-own-operate VHST's for the Sydney - Melbourne (-900 km) and Sydney- Canberra (-300 km) corridors. Ultimately, Government rejected these proposals because of the scale of financial concessions or capital input required. The study described briefly in this paper was commissioned by the Commonwealth Government in 2001 to examine for the first time the issues involved in a VHST from the perspective of Government. For the purposes of this study, VHSTs were considered to have maximum speeds in the range 250 km/h to 500 km/h and could incorporate car body tilting capability. Lower speed trains were considered unlikely to deliver competitive transit times over the intercapital corridors. The study was broad ranging and reported on: VHST in other countries; policy framework; technologies available; corridor and route analysis; environmental issues; transit time performance; patronage demand; financing; national interest issues; regional development; and project economics and project worth. However, following consideration of the issue and particularly its cost, the Commonwealth Government has decided not proceed further.

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  • Pagination: 7p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Cost efficient railways through engineering: CORE 2002: conference on railway engineering, November 10-13 2002, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01532058
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 11:53AM