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

Eurostar

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.

Program

9.30am

Introduction

Professor David Hensher, Director and Dr Rico Merkert, Senior Lecturer, ITLS-Sydney

9.40am

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

10.10am

Building the backbone of the nation - the Japanese HSR experience

Gen Okajima, General Manager, Central Japan Railway Company, Sydney Office

11am

Investment in growth

The Hon John Alexander MP, OAM, Federal MP for Bennelong

11.30am

Assessing the employment agglomeration and social accessibility impacts of HSR in the Sydney-Canberra-Melbourne corridor

Professor David Hensher, Director, ITLS-Sydney

12pm  Round table panel discussion
12.30pm  Lunch

       

Places are limited for this special event so please book early to avoid disappointment. This is a catered event so please include any special dietary requirements with your RSVP to: business.itlsinfo@sydney.edu.au