Exploration continues over high-speed rail connecting regional Queensland to Brisbane, however advocacy group RAIL Back on Track has quoted an ambitious high-speed rail plan for the south-east region at an astonishing figure just below $100-billion.
If the plan goes ahead you could commute from either the Sunshine or Gold Coasts to work in the Brisbane CBD in just 30 minutes.
The group’s administrator Robert Dow estimated that the Brisbane-Coolangatta section of the rail line would cost almost $30 billion including the Cross River Rail section for $15 billion.
The northern network from Brisbane to Bundaberg, including activation of the North-West transport corridor, to come at a cost of around $40 billion. Mr Dow said costings had been done at roughly $100 million per kilometre.
Other rail services across the world including a route linking Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra have been significantly less expensive than RAIL Back on Track’s vague estimates.
Beyond Zero Emissions an Australia-based, not-for-profit climate change solutions think-tank found that the 1799km network could be built with a total construction cost of about $84 billion.
By doing so It would open up job opportunities across the State from the south-east regions all the way to Bundy and the border. Major regional cities including Bundaberg, Gympie, Maryborough and Logan would benefit massively from the Brisbane to Gold and Sunshine coasts rail line by increased connectivity from the Very Fast Train proposal.
- $2.5-Million business case for high speed rail network connecting the Sunshine Coast to the rest of Regional Queensland
- Congestion Relief delivering new mobility while relieving congestion on the Bruce highway
- 30-minute travel time between the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane
- Elon Musk’s hyper loop will be considered in the upcoming business case
- Employment, housing affordability would benefit massively from the network