Posted May 06, 2019 18:02:22 A new high speed rail project is about to take shape in Queensland, with a number of major questions being raised about its viability.
Key points:A joint venture between the Australian Federal Government and the Queensland Government is proposing a $400 million high speed line from Townsville to WoomeraKey points Townsville-Woomera is one of the largest towns in QueenslandThe project would include a link to the Queensland Central Railway, with trains running between the two townsEach train would carry between 150 and 200 passengersEach train could carry between 500 and 600 passengersEach passenger would require a carseat and seatbelt and would be housed in a large cargo areaThis would be the first of its kind in the world and the first in Australia since the construction of the Eastern Suburbs line.
The $400-million line, which is set to open in 2022, will be the largest in Australia and the biggest in the nation.
Key point:The rail line is expected to take up to 100 years to buildThe project is expected in 2024It would be one of Australia’s biggest infrastructure projects, and will be one the largest high speed railways in the country.
The Federal Government has already committed $2.6 billion towards the project, which will include a line from the Townsville International Airport to Wompoomera.
“It will be a new, high-tech and fast line that will link Townsville and Wompomona to the Central Railway in Wompompa,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“The line will include one-way connections from Towns, Wompoma and Wombula.”
Ms Palaslczuk is confident the line will be completed within 20 years.
The project will also include a train station on the proposed line, connecting Wompumwa and Woomulla.
Queensland’s High Speed Rail Corporation has been contracted to build the line from Wompo and Wompooma, which are both located in the state’s north west.
“This is a very exciting project that will deliver the state and Territory high speed link and bring people closer to the city,” Ms Palasnuk said in a statement.
“We are committed to delivering the best high speed service in the region and we are determined to meet the needs of our community.”
The project has been described as a “game-changer” for Queensland.
“If you look at the cost and complexity of the project in the past it’s not been funded by the Federal Government or State Government,” Queensland Infrastructure Minister Rob Stokes said.”[The Queensland Government] is committed to building a high-quality project that we can all be proud of.”
That’s why we are building the new high speeds rail link and I look forward to it going ahead.
“Ms Stokes is also hopeful the project will have a positive impact on the local economy.”
Womperoo and Womeroo will be among the busiest towns in the Central Region, as they both produce significant volumes of goods and services,” he said.
The State Government has previously said it would invest up to $250 million in the project.
The line is a $2 billion project, with more than $2 million being allocated for the State Government.
Queysland Premier Annathe Palasrwszuk said it was an exciting time to be in Queensland.
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