High Speed Rail Funding And Services

High Speed Rail Funding And Services

Funding Of HSR Tracks

Victor P Taffa

High Speed Rail (HSR Aka Japan’s Bullet Train) Tracks will be funded on a 50:50 basis between Federal, State and Territory Governments.

Funding to build HSR Tracks should come from a Lottery with different Lottery Products sold at all Newsagency outlets in all States and Territories.

Funding to build HSR Tracks and 8 ft high walls involves an initial payment from Federal, State and Territory Governments however these monies will be more than recouped once the HSR corridor is built.

Freight Train Operators will pay to use the HSR corridor that is up to 4 Tracks wide. HSR services are put to Public Tender and they pay to use the Tracks. GSR and existing Interstate services will also pay to use the HSR corridor.

HSR corridors to every Capital City will be 4 Tracks wide and built on 70% existing rail corridors whether they be State Government or ARTC (Australian Rail Track Corporation) owned.

High Speed Rail Authority will not own the corridors. Rather a High Speed Rail Authority as a Division of ARTC would manage the corridors and lease Track Space to HSR Operators and Freight Train Operators.

Where Territory, State and Federal Governments have outlaid monies to build the 4 Track corridors with 8 Foot High Walls as per the GST monies would come back to Territory, State and Federal Governments from Operators for using Tracks.

This return of monies to Federal, State and Territory Governments is not dissimilar to GST Funding arrangements.

Cost savings from not having Overhead Wiring Stanchions and Signaling Pillars will enable construction of the 8 ft high walls.

HSR Services can also depart Flinders Street Railway Station to cater for new Rail Passengers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HSR Services Through Existing Railway Stations

Regional Towns such as Coffs Harbour in New South Wales or Shepparton in Victoria will not have separate existing Regional Railway Stations and a Railway Station for High Speed Rail services. All services will traverse through the existing Railway Station.

This reduces costs of Construction and makes life easier for commuters using existing services and interchanging between services.

 

HSR Patronage

  • Sydney-Melbourne Air Route is the 5th busiest in the world,
  • Perth is the world’s most isolated Capital City.

 

Capital City-Capital City HSR Services

Rail Tunnel between London and France is Heavy Rail. Sydney Harbour Rail Tunnel needs to be Heavy Rail only.

Rather than Rapid Transit Metro Rail in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne the following HSR Services can be offered on same Heavy Rail Tracks where new tunnels are being constructed.

Brisbane Cross River Rail (As Heavy Rail)

  • Gympie-Sydney via Cross River Rail
  • Connects with existing Brisbane Suburban Heavy Rail services

Melbourne CBD Line (As Heavy Rail)

  • Dandenong-Sydney via Melbourne CBD Line
  • Connects with existing Melbourne Suburban Heavy Rail services

Sydney Harbour Heavy Rail Tunnel

  • Canberra-Brisbane via Sydney Harbour Heavy Rail Tunnel
  • Connects with existing Melbourne Suburban Heavy Rail services

 

High-Speed Rail (HSR) aka Japan’s Bullet Train:

Business case does exist for HSR. Currently HSR commuters are sitting 40,000 feet in the air waiting for HSR to be built and arrive. HSR will be highly profitable and successful between:

Sydney-Adelaide CBD

via Bradfield, Bankstown, Richmond Line Extension, Richmond, Lower Blue Mountains, Western and Transcontinental Lines

Sydney-Brisbane

via Bradfield Line, Sydney Harbour Heavy Rail Tunnel, Brookvale Line, Cessnock Line, Newcastle CBD and Northern Line

Sydney-Canberra

via Bradfield, Princes, Illawarra and South Coast Lines

Sydney-Darwin CBD

via Bradfield, Bankstown, Richmond Line Extension, Richmond, Lower Blue Mountains, Western, Transcontinental and Ghan Lines

Sydney-Melbourne

via Bradfield, Princes and Southern Lines

Princes Line joins with Southern Line via Unanderra-Moss Vale Railway corridor

Sydney-Perth

via Bradfield, Bankstown, Richmond Line Extension, Richmond, Lower Blue Mountains, Western and Transcontinental Lines

Adelaide Railway Station Platforms to be lengthened for Indian-Pacific and HSR Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melbourne-Adelaide

via Ararat

Melbourne-Canberra

via Southern Line

Melbourne-Darwin CBD

via Mildura, Broken Hill, Transcontinental and Ghan Lines

Melbourne-Hobart

via Williamstown Line and Rail Ferry

Melbourne-Perth

via Mildura, Broken Hill and Transcontinental Line

 

Brisbane-Darwin CBD

via Charleville and Alice Springs

via Cairns and Mount Isa

Perth-Darwin CBD

via Newman

via Port Headland

Perth-Sydney HSR via Transcontinental Line

Perth-Melbourne HSR via Transcontinental Line, Broken Hill and Mildura

Perth-Adelaide HSR via Transcontinental Line

Perth-Brisbane HSR via Transcontinental Line and Northern Line

Perth-Canberra HSR via Transcontinental Line and Griffith

Perth-Darwin HSR via Newman

Perth-Darwin HSR via Port Headland

Hobart-Melbourne via roll-on roll-off Rail Ferry

Hobart-Adelaide via roll-on roll-off Rail Ferry

 

Adelaide Railway Station

Adelaide Railway Station platforms will require lengthening for Indian-Pacific Interstate and HSR services.

Darwin CBD Railway Station

Darwin will need a CBD Railway Station that handles suburban, Ghan Interstate and HSR services. Tracks between Palmerston and Darwin will be electrified and duplicated.

Perth CBD Railway Station

Indian-Pacific Interstate and HSR services will terminate at Perth CBD Railway Station instead of East Perth Railway Station.