High-speed train linking Sydney to Newcastle and Brisbane to Melbourne could become a reality

High-speed rail linking major cities on Australia’s east coast could FINALLY become a reality under new government plan

  • Fast trains linking Sydney to Newcastle and Melbourne to Brisbane are planned
  • The national high-speed network could allow driving at more than 250 km/h
  • Link between Sydney and Newcastle supported by an initial federal commitment of $500 million

Fast trains linking Sydney to Newcastle and Melbourne to Brisbane could be more than a pipe dream under a plan announced by the federal government.

A proposal to create a high-speed rail authority to kick-start the major long-term infrastructure project was presented to parliament on Thursday.

A national high-speed network would allow passengers to travel between major cities and major regional towns at over 250 kilometers per hour.

Fast trains linking Sydney to Newcastle and Melbourne to Brisbane could be more than a pipe dream under a plan announced by the Federal Government

A national high-speed network would allow passengers to travel between major cities and major regional towns at over 250 kilometers per hour

A national high-speed network would allow passengers to travel between major cities and major regional towns at over 250 kilometers per hour

A board of rail and infrastructure industry experts will oversee the new authority, which will provide independent advice to governments on planning and delivery.

It will also be the lead agency to coordinate the project with states and territories.

But its first priority will be to plan a Sydney-Newcastle link, backed by an initial federal commitment of $500 million, said Infrastructure Minister Catherine King.

“Now is the time, we need to stop dithering and start taking action to deliver high-speed rail,” she told parliament.

“This is a long-term project with significant benefits and it is not just a political cycle, but rather a focus on Australia’s future.”

Initially working with the NSW Government on the Sydney-Newcastle section, the authority will also plan fast trains linking Brisbane and Melbourne with stops in Canberra, Sydney and regional centres.

“A high-speed rail network along Australia’s east coast will truly be a transformational project with the ability to touch the lives of all Australians,” Ms King said.

“A high-speed rail network along Australia’s east coast will truly be a transformational project with the ability to touch the lives of all Australians,” said Minister for Infrastructure Catherine King.

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