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Australia Plans to Build 1600 km High Speed Railway

05 August 2011 Friday, 13:40
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Australia has unveiled a plan to build a high-speed rail network spanning Australia’s east coast from Brisbane to Melbourne at a cost of A$108bn (US$116bn).

The high-speed rail line will cover about 1,600km, passing through Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Newcastle, Sydney, the NSW Southern Highlands, Canberra, Albury-Wodonga, Tullamarine Airport and Melbourne.
The standard gauge double track railway line will allow trains to run at a speed of 350km/hr and reduce journey times between Sydney to Brisbane to 3 hours, and from Sydney to Newcastle to 40 minutes.
According to the Australian Government’s estimate, the rail link will carry 54 million passengers a year by 2036.

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