Group lobbies for high-speed rail freight


High-speed rail link for passenger trains proposed for the east coast of Australia could also carry freight

By Sam Freestone

A high-speed rail link for passenger trains proposed for the east coast of Australia could also carry freight.

Stakeholder group the Canberra Business Council is campaigning Infrastructure Australia to fund a multi-million dollar feasibility study into high-speed rail across the country with freight haul capacity.

If successful the high-speed rail trains, capable of reaching speeds of 300km/h, would have carriages specifically for freight.

With two separate studies already completed in the past with private funds, the Council is hopeful of securing around $20 million of federal funding.

Group CEO Chris Faulks says Infrastructure Australia has released a list of 120 possible projects, with high-speed rail included in the document.

She envisions a track from Brisbane to Sydney, then running to Melbourne via Canberra.

She says the Group doesn’t expect that the project will get off the ground in the near future but they are asking for funding to complete an up-to-date study, factoring in emissions targets, environmental impact and climate change.

The Canberra Business Council submitted a paper on high-speed rail networks, much like those seen in Japan and Europe, to the 2020 Summit and later to Infrastructure Australia in October last year.

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