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The Bundaberg Mayor says a proposed high-speed train, connecting Bundaberg to Gladstone and Rockhampton, would cut the current travel time in half.
A forum will be held in Bundaberg on Wednesday to discuss the feasibility of the train, which will provide transport for mining workers living in the Wide Bay.
Lorraine Pyefinch says the high-speed train could take just 90 minutes to travel from Bundaberg to central Queensland.
"Exactly what kind of a travel time would people tolerate to get to and from work each day?" she said.
"When you look at populations living in the west of Sydney, it's not unheard of that they would catch a train and it would take them into the centre of Sydney over an hour and a half or two hours per day."
Councillor Pyefinch says a high-speed train network would be an ideal way for mining workers to commute to their jobs while still being able to live in the Wide Bay.
She says cheaper housing in Bundaberg would be an attractive option for mining families.
"Gladstone is starting to feel the pinch with regards to affordability," she said.
"There are people needing to work in that area but they are struggling to find accommodation that's suitable.
"Rockhampton and Bundaberg do prove to be a potential pool of labour that needs to get to the Gladstone area."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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