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Victoria, Queensland and NSW have all expressed their desire to get fast rail in their states for years but it's a new proposal put forward by southeast Queensland that could finally stick.
Earlier this week, the Council of Mayors of southeast Queensland released information from a feasibility study.
The Council of Mayors, made up of 10 councils from around southeast Queensland and representing more than three million people, first looked into whether the region could host an Olympic Games last year.
The region is hoping to host the 2032 Olympic Games - a global event that the council says would pair perfectly with a high-speed rail network linking all of southeast Queensland's towns and cities.
'$70 BILLION FOR A 45-MINUTE REGION'
Regardless of whether southeast Queensland does decide to put its hand up to host an Olympic Games, the 10 mayors sitting on the council say they will still push for a high-speed rail network to turn the popular area into a "45-minute region".
Population growth and migration to the region is higher than anywhere else in Australia and by 2043, more than 5.5 million people will call southeast Queensland their home.
The cost of building the rail network, which will have its hub in Brisbane and stretch as far west as Toowoomba, will cost more than $70 billion.
The state government estimates the cost of delivering the infrastructure projects - a price tag that includes Brisbane's Cross River Rail and the city's metro - will be around $2 to $3 billion each year.
Brisbane's Lord Mayor and Council of Mayors (SEQ) Graham Quirk said the region had to be ready to
"As a region, we need to ensure we're prepared to accommodate the fast population growth that South East Queensland will face in the coming decades," Mr Quirk said.
"One of the potential solutions of the Council of Mayors' (SEQ) work to-date is an investigation into a regional faster rail network. With a North Coast Connect business case already underway, it's an ideal time to look at what a South East Queensland faster rail network could deliver for the region."
Initial findings from the study found travel times between Brisbane and the Sunshine and Gold coasts could be slashed to under 45 minutes, and reduced to just 20 minutes for Ipswich commuters.
"This could have a massive impact on congestion on many of our major transport corridors and minimise the need for future road upgrades," Mr Quirk said.
This article first appeared on www.tweeddailynews.com.au
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