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The NSW infrastructure authority has snubbed the idea of Canberra as Sydney's second airport with the two hubs linked by a high speed rail link.
Infrastructure NSW wants a second Sydney airport built at Badgerys Creek on the city's westerns outskirts and says that high speed rail between Australian cities is an expensive and unproven idea.
Both the owners of Canberra Airport and the ACT Government want to see the capital's airport take flights bound for Sydney with a longer term option of moving passengers to the NSW capital on a fast rail link.
But the State Infrastructure Strategy, published by Infrastructure NSW this morning, is dismissive of fast rail and the option of a Canberra air-link is not even discussed in the 212 page document.
The agency, headed by former NSW premier Nick Greiner, reported that high speed rail had no place in its $30 billion state infrastructure plan.
"The proposed [high speed rail] scheme is expensive, $68 – $108 billion," the reports states.
"Operating costs, due to the long distances noted, would also be high, relative to air travel.
"A commitment of this scale requires a high degree of certainty that it will achieve its identified objectives.
"To date, Infrastructure NSW believes the case has not been made as to why a rail option would provide such transformative benefits that it would compete with aviation, even with a heavy subsidy."
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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