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Is High Speed Rail a no-brainer or a boondoggle?

Is High Speed Rail a no-brainer or a boondoggle?

Alan Davies August 8, 2013 37 Comments

The Greens want to accelerate construction of High Speed Rail between Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Many progressives take it as given that HSR is obviously a good thing, but is it?

So high speed rail would <em> increase </em> carbon emissions?

So high speed rail would increase carbon emissions?

Alan Davies April 15, 2013 13 Comments

The Federal Government’s new report on High Speed Rail says it won't reduce greenhouse emissions in the east coast corridor relative to the Base Case. In fact it concludes it will actually increase them!

Would high speed rail really make Australia better off?

Would high speed rail really make Australia better off?

Alan Davies April 12, 2013 15 Comments

Australians love the idea of high speed rail but the report released yesterday for public consultation by the federal government shows it would be a very poor way of spending public money

Will High Speed Rail save the cities and develop the regions?

Will High Speed Rail save the cities and develop the regions?

Alan Davies December 19, 2012 17 Comments

Taking growth pressures off the city fringe while simultaneously developing the regions is one of the key arguments used to support proposals for a High Speed Rail network on Australia’s east coast. But is it a cost-effective way of doing either?

What are the benefits of east coast High Speed Rail?

What are the benefits of east coast High Speed Rail?

Alan Davies November 30, 2012 25 Comments

The Greens released a report this week claiming an east coast High Speed Rail line would deliver benefits of $48 billion. Trouble is, it would cost much more than this to build and would mainly benefit regional leisure travellers

Seriously, can Canberra really be Sydney’s second airport?

Seriously, can Canberra really be Sydney’s second airport?

Alan Davies October 10, 2012 25 Comments

Barry O'Farrell and Canberra Airport believe High Speed Rail will allow Sydney's second airport to be located 250 km away in Canberra. Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce, reckons the idea is outrageous.

High Speed Rail: if they’ve got it, shouldn’t we?

High Speed Rail: if they’ve got it, shouldn’t we?

Alan Davies September 11, 2012 40 Comments

It was a hot issue at the start of 2011, but there hasn’t been much discussion of High Speed Rail (HSR) in the public domain since the first phase of the Federal Government’s study was released more than a year ago.

Would HSR solve Sydney’s airport woes?

Would HSR solve Sydney’s airport woes?

Alan Davies April 11, 2012 14 Comments

The inability of successive NSW and Australian governments to construct a second Sydney airport is taking on the proportions of a national tragedy. The failure to expand Sydney’s aviation capacity isn’t because of technical, environmental or financial difficulties – it’s solely due to political selfishness and opportunism. The new study by the Federal and NSW […]

Will the price of jet fuel go stratospheric?

Alan Davies August 9, 2011 5 Comments

Ultimately, the bottom line in discussions about the warrant for High Speed Rail (HSR) always seems to come down to proponents’ certainty that the price of jet fuel will go stratospheric. HSR won’t save time, won’t reduce fares, won’t increase economic activity, won’t promote decentralisation and is an extraordinarily expensive way to reduce carbon emissions […]

How important are the regions for HSR?

Alan Davies August 7, 2011 8 Comments

The exhibit above is one of the ‘money’ graphs from the High Speed Rail study – Phase One report released on Thursday by the Minister for Transport, Anthony Albanese. In my last post, I concentrated on doing a broad but quick response to the report and questioned the wisdom of spending mega dollars on a […]