Let the debate begin: ITLS to host a forum on 'High speed rail for Australia - Is it value for money?' - Wednesday 22 May
22 May 2013
High speed rail for Australia - Is it value for money?
Wednesday 22 May 2013 9.30am-1.30pm
Assembly Hall, Level 4, St James Campus, The University of Sydney, 173-175 Phillip Street, Sydney CBD
A high speed rail link connecting the large centres of Australia's east coast is an exciting but costly undertaking. With Sydney-Melbourne being the fifth busiest air route in the world and Sydney-Brisbane not far behind there would appear to be sufficient demand and a high speed rail link would be competitive in providing a journey time of under three hours between Sydney CBD and Melbourne CBD.
However, as Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese has commented recently, a high speed rail link would necessitate significant tunnelling (particularly around Sydney) and would be very costly. This view is supported by a number of high level studies. In response to the most recent study, Mr Albanese said that HSR in Australia would be an exciting but ''monumental endeavour'' and that, given the large capital cost and impacts to communities involved, a national debate is urgently required. He continued by saying "Let the debate begin." Well, this is what this forum is all about. The crucial questions addressed in this special event, as part of the ITLS Leadership and Policy Seminar Series, are where the large upfront investment for a high speed link would come from and whether the proposed HSR link is indeed value for money.
Professor David Hensher, Director and Dr Rico Merkert, Senior Lecturer, ITLS-Sydney
The real impact of high speed rail - evidence from a European perspective
Peter Koning, Chairman of the CILTA NSW Section and Peter Humphreys, Vice President of Global Transit, AECOM
Building the backbone of the nation - the Japanese HSR experience
Gen Okajima, General Manager, Central Japan Railway Company, Sydney Office
Investment in growth
The Hon John Alexander MP, OAM, Federal MP for Bennelong
Assessing the employment agglomeration and social accessibility impacts of HSR in the Sydney-Canberra-Melbourne corridor
Professor David Hensher, Director, ITLS-Sydney
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