China's long game in economic power plays will see it put a train load of cheap imports into a London freight yard just as Donald Trump arrives at the White House
Want a fast train in Australia? How about starting with short, high frequency routes financed by housing developers?
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s announcing that the Sydney West airport at Badgerys Creek will be rail ready on its opening is a signal that public transport is one of his policy commitments that hasn’t been hand braked by the coalition’s conservative power brokers.
It is 60 years since Sydney’s Circular Quay rail station opened, driving the final nail into the coffin of its original 2nd harbour rail crossing.
The prolonged and childish destruction of the functionality of the Epping to Chatswood rail link is only just sinking in for Sydney commuters, while the asset sale supposed to fund a second (actually third) harbour train crossing is being undermined by advances in renewable energy technology.
Another tantalizing glimpse of the future of high speed surface transport came with this week’s setting of a 603 kmh speed record by Japan’s test Maglev train project.
Sydney has just opened an extravagently costly SW Rail Link which will never, ever, be able to accommodate the trains that will be run on its incomplete NW Rail Link after it opens in four years time.
Coming after a week in which other media carried stories about airline passengers being ‘robbed’ of up to $1200 in an in-flight wi-fi ‘gotcha’ for going past their paid data allocation there were two good news stories, from Emirates, the airline, and Eurostar, the high speed rail network.
As reported in the Fairfax media and Plane Talking previously the NSW government has confirmed it will physically and deliberately destroy the heavy rail capabilities of the almost brand new Chatswood-Epping rail line to pursue its toy train set ambitions for the NW Rail Link from Epping to Cudgegong Road.