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IT will cost $11 billion to build and passengers will be able to get into central Sydney in just 57 minutes.
These claims will be made in a report to be released today by Canberra Airport CEO Stephen Byron as he calls for the high-speed rail service to be built, linking the capital with the Harbour city and removing the need for a second Sydney airport.
The plan to upgrade Canberra Airport and the rail link is backed by Premier Barry O'Farrell.
The new report will say travel time from Canberra to Sydney would be quicker using the train than from Wilton, which would take 70 minutes, and Richmond (65 minutes), both of which have been mentioned as possible sites for a second airport.
Mr Byron will claim a Wilton airport would also cost $11 billion. A second hub at Badgerys Creekwould cost up to $9 billion.
"The travel time for the HSR (high-speed rail) between Canberra Airport and Sydney is not only superior to the alternate airport location options of Wilton and Richmond, it is likely to be shorter than from (Kingsford-Smith) itself to the CBD, especially at peak periods and having regard to the seamless interchange from air to rail at the Canberra Airport terminal," today's report argues."The HSR will be on time, every time, as it is elsewhere in the world, with average delays measured in seconds."
The report will say more than 10 million people a year could use Canberra Airport and a high-speed rail link to Sydney by 2040.
"Sydney needs a second airport because Kingsford-Smith Airport will be at capacity by 2027," the report will argue. "In spite of this obvious need, the likelihood of a second Sydney airport ever being built is remote. Both federal and NSW governments (and oppositions) have ruled out the logical site at Badgerys Creek."
This article first appeared on www.dailytelegraph.com.au
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