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i heard on the radio today that the government is in discussion about building a freight line from melbourne to brisbane that will bypass through sydney!!

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I suspect there is already some form of freight line connecting all three already..

doesn't really chnage anything

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I think there are train tracks all the way between the two cities anyway. But always nice to have more train traffic...

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Hells ya! Would be fudging awesome to see my shit go from Melb to Brissy and back.

Ill try find some more shit on it.

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I wonder if it's going to be heavily guarded or not.

 

I'll definitely head down to brissy if the word is good. I wouldn't mind throwing my tag up on it, wouldn't mind it at all.

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just keep in mind the report i heard said its only speculation at this point so it might nt even happen and if it does it could be a good 5 years or so...

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Psuedo:

 

Maybe this is what your talking about.

 

To the other kids, there is already freight connection between the 3 cities, this is talking about a new inland line that bypass´s Sydney.

 

 

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23475217-5014046,00.html

 

 

Private pitch for freight line

 

 

Matthew Franklin, Chief political correspondent | April 03, 2008

 

A PRIVATE consortium wants government approval to build a $900 million train line linking inland Queensland and NSW, promising it will take 1000 trucks a day off the roads and free Sydney's choked railways from significant freight traffic.

 

Australian Transport and Energy Corridor Ltd has asked the Queensland and NSW governments for an exclusive mandate to build a 350km rail line between Toowoomba, on the Darling Downs, and Moree, in NSW.

 

News of the plan comes only a week after federal Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese announced a final feasibility study for a standard-gauge Melbourne-to-Brisbane line that would almost certainly include the leg being proposed by ATEC.

 

The NSW and Queensland governments cautiously welcomed ATEC's proposal yesterday, but indicated they would be unlikely to make a decision until the federal scoping study was completed in August next year.

 

ATEC founder Everald Compton told The Australian the line would take 1000 trucks a day off the Newell Highway and allow freight to move from Melbourne to Queensland without having to pass through Sydney.

 

"It should have been built 100 years ago," Mr Compton said.

 

He said his company was working on a railway line through Queensland's Surat Basin after being given a mandate by the Queensland Government and was well advanced in negotiations with investors for the proposed Toowoomba-Moree line.

 

With quick approval, it could be finished as early as 2014, he said.

 

At present, freight trains going from Melbourne to Queensland had to pass through Sydney, choking that city's rail system and delaying movements, with freight trains required to wait for commuter traffic to pass before travelling at night, Mr Compton said.

 

An inland link between NSW and Queensland, branching to Newcastle, would allow trains not bound for Sydney to bypass the city and move freight to ports at Newcastle, Brisbane or Gladstone.

 

The line would create a development boom in inland centres along its path, with exporters able to set up along the track to take advantage of quick and inexpensive port access.

 

Mr Compton said the unsolicited project could become a model for public-private partnerships on infrastructure provision.

 

"If you wait for governments to decide if they will do this or that and then call private-sector tenders, you'll wait until hell freezes over," he said.

 

"We are going to the government and saying no one else is proposing this, and we reckon it's a goer."

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