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CANBERRA Airport has proposed a plan to bypass Wilton with a fast train that could link Sydney to the nation's capital in less than an hour.
The airport's managing director, Stephen Byron, said the Wollondilly community was against Transport Minister Anthony Albanese's proposal for a second major Sydney airport at Wilton.
"There will never be a second airport built in the Sydney basin," he said.
"Aircraft noise and major environmental issues would indicate that an airport at Wilton is looking less and less likely."
Canberra Airport has proposed to fund and build a high speed rail station, which would cost $140 million, less than 250 metres from the airport's check-in desk.
Its new $420 million terminal is expected to be completed by March next year.
Mr Byron said between 50 and 70 per cent of the proposed high speed rail link could be privately financed.
"The high speed rail project is of course not just about solving Sydney's airport capacity needs," he said. "It is a game changer in terms of providing Sydney with a pathway for growth and at the same time it is a huge driver for regional development in south-eastern Australia."
University of Wollongong academic Philip Laird, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, said fast rail had been rejected twice in Australia.
"This time around it has a much stronger case," he said.
He said a Sydney-to-Canberra fast rail link needed to be built this decade in a staged approach with a mixture of old and new track.
Professor Laird said a high speed train between Sydney and Canberra would eliminate the need for a second Sydney airport.
"It would greatly ease congestion on highways," he said.
"It would reduce our carbon footprint and improve transport efficiency."
Premier Barry O'Farrell's office did not respond to a request for comment.
This article first appeared on www.camdenadvertiser.com.au
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