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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 DaviesAug 8, 201337 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 DaviesApr 15, 201313 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 DaviesApr 12, 201315 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 DaviesDec 19, 201217 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 DaviesNov 30, 201225 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 DaviesOct 10, 201225 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 DaviesSep 11, 201240 Comments

Would HSR solve Sydney's airport woes?

Would HSR solve Sydney's airport woes?

Alan DaviesApr 11, 201214 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

Will the price of jet fuel go stratospheric?

Alan DaviesAug 9, 20115 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 strato

How important are the regions for HSR?

Alan DaviesAug 7, 20118 Comments

The exhibit above is one of the ‘money’ graphs from the High Speed Rail study – Phase