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Rail industry supports NTC plan

<p>The rail industry has welcomed the Australian Transport Council’s support for a national regulatory reform body.</p> <p>The council announced last week it had agreed to replace the National Road Transport Commission (NRTC) with a national transport commission which also deals with rail and intermodal operations.</p> <p>Australasian Railways Association John Kirk said the industry has always envied the success the NRTC has had in creating a national approach to regulatory reform for road.</p> <p>The association believes the national transport commission could have equal success in implementing intermodal reform.</p> <p>Mr Kirk said the industry will have to be assured the commission will be set up so rail is not overlooked and road issues given priority.</p> <p>He expects this will be achieved through a high level of industry consultation.</p> <br />


  1. How much of that $114 billion would be available straight away if we abandoned Badgerys Creek airport which would be unnecessary with high speed rail from Melbourne to Brisbane?

  2. In September 2015, the NSW Government stated its intention to proceed with a land release for 100,000 people in the Wilton to Macarthur corridor. This raises the question of whether consideration will
    be given to reserving a corridor for a new High Speed Railway, and/or an
    upgrading of the existing rail line to Medium Speed Rail (MSR) standards.

    The need to address reservation of rail corridors for HSR has been addressed in numerous studies. So the proposed Authority is welcomed.

    Re MSR, in 1991, the Hon W C Wentworth proposed a new line to be
    constructed by leaving the main line south of Menangle to meet the present Main
    South Line just south of Yanderra. The 25 km Wentworth Route would allow
    freight and passenger trains to bypass a 40 km section with excessive tight
    radius curvature, and offer not only appreciable time savings but also fuel
    savings. It was outlined in the 2001 ARTC Track Audit and other papers. Other deviations
    would assist in reducing the current Sydney Canberra train times from over four to
    less than three hours.