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« on: September 20, 2017, 03:35:18 PM »
Media Release:

http://paulfletcher.com.au/media-centre/media-releases/item/2029-media-release-government-on-the-hunt-for-fresh-fast-rail-proposals.html

Government on the hunt for fresh fast rail proposals

High-quality proposals are now being sought for the development of business cases to bring faster rail to Australian urban and regional areas.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester and Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher were on the New South Wales Central Coast today to launch the Faster Rail Prospectus, which will start the process of bidding to build faster rail services.

The announcement follows a $20 million commitment by the Turnbull Government to investigate Faster Rail options in the 2017-18 Budget.

“For the many commuters in regional and outer urban areas, faster rail has the potential to have a significant impact on their quality of life by allowing them to spend more time at home, and less time travelling,” Mr Chester said.

“This initiative will explore improvements to the rail connections between our cities and surrounding regional areas through $20 million in funding to support the development of business cases.”

Minister Fletcher said the prospectus began the call for proposals process, with the Australian Government seeking business cases that demonstrate faster rail travel times through new or upgraded rail infrastructure, continuing its commitment to investment in high-quality rail infrastructure.

“In addition, business cases must outline initiatives that will increase housing choices by opening up regional areas, encourage job and career opportunities, and improve access to specialist services for people in regional areas, as well as major events,” Mr Fletcher said.

“Proposals are open for application to both state governments and the private sector, including consortia arrangements, with submissions for high-level Stage 1 proposals closing on 13 October 2017. Ultimately, the best three proposals will receive Australian Government co-funding towards business case development, with the final business cases then progressing to Infrastructure Australia for assessment.

“I am looking forward to seeing which of these proposals progress to this final stage, and to working with stakeholders over coming years as we roll-out our $20 billion investment in rail infrastructure that was announced in the 2017-18 Budget, including the commitment to invest ten billion dollars over ten years under the National Rail Program.”

For more information on this significant rail investment, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/.
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Re: Fast rail proposals
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2017, 04:05:43 PM »
Note this is ' fast rail '  what we would describe as regional rapid rail.

I think there is a case for the Sunshine Coast Line here.

Upgraded line and fast tilt trains Sydney <> Canberra type of thing.

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Re: Fast rail proposals
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2017, 02:59:47 AM »
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21st September 2017

Regional Rapid Rail - an opportunity presents for Queensland

Good Morning,

Couriermail has continued the theme of Future Brisbane with another piece this morning:

Couriermail --> Opinion: Brisbane’s future liveability linked to its connections to the Gold and Sunshine Coasts

" ... For Brisbane to retain its position on the list, the connectedness of the two coasts needs to be addressed.

While a short-term solution may be to build more roads, that’s unlikely to provide a long-term solution as the nature of car ownership will surely change in the future. High-speed rail connections are essential and once the heavy rail and the Gold Coast trams are linked, it will spur the Gold Coast’s development even further. ..."


A point we have made constantly.  Fast rail, or what we believe is a better descriptor: Regional Rapid Rail as we have previously proposed to connect the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast is very achievable [ Regional Rapid Rail link discussion
> https://railbotforum.org/mbs/index.php?topic=12393.0 ].

We are not talking about pie-in-the-sky Magnetic Levitation or Hyper-loop dreams but running 160-200 km/h heavy rail services through upgraded track and use of electric tilt trains - something that Queensland already delivers in part.  There is an affordable upgrade path to deliver this.

Cross River Rail will provide the key link to the north and south.  A new track alignment from Park Road to south of Beenleigh, continuing on from Cross River Rail for a fast service is needed. To the north from Cross River Rail a new connection to the northern line is achieved by connection with the North West Transport Corridor thence onto the main northern line.  Upgrades between Beerburrum to Nambour are also needed, and in fact these should begin now.

Yesterday, the Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher released a media statement: Government on the hunt for fresh fast rail proposals
[ http://paulfletcher.com.au/media-centre/media-releases/item/2029-media-release-government-on-the-hunt-for-fresh-fast-rail-proposals.html ]

" ... For the many commuters in regional and outer urban areas, faster rail has the potential to have a significant impact on their quality of life by allowing them to spend more time at home, and less time travelling,” Mr Chester said.

“This initiative will explore improvements to the rail connections between our cities and surrounding regional areas through $20 million in funding to support the development of business cases.”

Minister Fletcher said the prospectus began the call for proposals process, with the Australian Government seeking business cases that demonstrate faster rail travel times through new or upgraded rail infrastructure, continuing its commitment to investment in high-quality rail infrastructure.

“In addition, business cases must outline initiatives that will increase housing choices by opening up regional areas, encourage job and career opportunities, and improve access to specialist services for people in regional areas, as well as major events,” Mr Fletcher said. ..."


Now is the hour.  The Queensland Government through its appropriate agencies should submit proposals for Regional Rapid Rail upgrades now as an urgent priority.  First on the list must be the upgrade of the Sunshine Coast line between Beerburrum and Nambour.

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Robert

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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2017, 03:04:46 AM »
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