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The approval of Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek has set back the case for high-speed rail linking Melbourne and Brisbane by as much as 40 years, but proponents say governments should still work to ensure that the land corridor for the project is secured.
High-speed trains like those in China are still a long way off in Australia. AP
The president of the Rail Futures Institute, John Hearsch, told The Australian Financial Review National Infrastructure Summit in Melbourne on Tuesday that the airport would soak up much excess demand for travel on the eastern seaboard.
“The decision to go ahead with that has probably set back the case for high-speed rail on the east coast probably three of four decades.”
But he argued the project’s time would eventually come.
“We do need to be future proofing, and we haven’t been very good at it in this country, by and large,” Mr Hearsch said. “We do need to be getting on with our long-term planning.”
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