Australia must protect high-speed rail corridor on east coast, government told
Australia to protect a high-speed rail corridor along the east coast before being usurped by urban sprawl, warns consultant to the country’s infrastructure.
Demanding measures to protect vital corridors, including the introduction of a national framework, Infrastructure Australia describes railways as the most urgent priority.
“This critical corridor is facing immediate pressure because of its proximity to major population centers and should be a major focus for the NSW governments, Victoria and the federal government,” said Friday President Mark Birrell.
“A coordinated approach involving joint governance arrangements to monitor land acquisition, joint financing commitments, and the joint agreement on the use of land management measures will keep governments both at the task level Urgent. ”
Australia’s infrastructure has established seven corridors as national priorities, the protection estimate and accelerated consolidation would reduce taxpayers 10.8 billion.
“Infrastructure corridors of strategic importance should be preserved in their planning in advance to avoid cost overruns, delays and inconvenience to the community during the project execution phase,” Birrell said.
“If we protect infrastructure corridors, we will reduce project costs and above will minimize the need for underground tunnels, where the costs to the government and therefore the taxpayers can be up to 10 times higher.”
Federal Minister of Infrastructure Darren Chester said that the protection and acquisition of corridors fell mainly states and territories.
“The coalition government is working with states to ensure that a long-term plan is in place to protect all future corridors of future rail corridors,” his office said. “However, any high-speed railway potential between our capitals is far in the future.”
The government concentrated instead on rapid rail connections between capitals and large regional centers.
The Director-General of the Business Council, Jennifer Westacott, said the Infrastructure Australia report showed “significant benefits” of reserve land.
“This report shows that if governments have the vision to plan for future and reserve corridors for future use of infrastructure, they can make huge savings when these infrastructure projects are ultimately deployed,” Westacott said in a statement.
“It is often best to keep our options open, so projects that might not be viable today could still be delivered over time. Doing nothing can lead to insurmountable constraints or increased costs.”