no way. But the car has become so good because we have made roads like Hume and Pacific highways so good.
Where is the tunnel between Casino and Lismore? I know there are many bridges but I can't see a tunnel on Google Earth.Naughton gap. Near naughtons gap rd. its 9km by rail from casino.
Car being king is one reason why its down, not the only one. but why is the car king. Its because we stuff so much money into making the car the king.
Pretty sure if you tried to make every single road in the nation a toll road and charged people for its use, there would be a uprising. People wouldn't be using a car if their drive to work cost them $20 in tolls everyday.
If you were interested in making rail king then you wouldn't be using these alignments would you?
Just remember that it wasn't even that long ago that the principle route between brisbane and sydney was via the new england highway.
Point is, if you charged people for how much a road costs, they wouldn't use it. NCL and main south would have been rebuilt to 200+ km/h standard 20 years ago.
I'm not against roads at all. I love driving, its one of my favourite things to do. But I also realise that the money spent on roads could be spent on many other and IMO, better things. Its not that the money should be instead spent on rail, but having better parks, hospitals etc are important to me.
A qld example. 1.1 billion on 12 km MBRL is a waste of money and public outcry. Meanwhile 700 million spent on upgrading a 2 km road that will save people 30 seconds, despite having lower traffic than 10 years = vital public infrastructure.