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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has today announced the Federal Coalition will bow to pressure from Barnaby Joyce (who is expected to be announced the new national party leader) to fund the building of a High Speed Rail network between Cairns Queensland and Bunbury in Western Australia via the east coast.
The proposed route for the service will run from Cairns via Brisbane, Grafton, Newcastle (using the existing but used Newcastle Railway Station), onto Sydney where unused railway tunnels under Central Railway Station will be utilised for the service. Thence the route will take in Canberra with the building of a new railway station in Civic called Capitol Hill, running south through a Swiss like rail tunnel under the Brinabella Mountain Range onto Albury/Wodonga following the existing North East Railway Line into Melbourne where a second story set of platforms will be constructed at Southern Cross. These platforms to allow passengers from Geelong to interchange with trains to Perth, NSW and Queensland.
A second network will be constructed through Western Victoria running into South Australia thence under the Adelaide Hills via Adelaide Airport and into Adelaide Parklands Railway Station. The third component of the network will reach Perth 2031 connecting Port Augusta and Kalgoorlie where trains on the Nullarbor Plain will reach over 500 km/h. The network will be electrified end to end with energy coming from a new battery farm being established with the assistance of Elon Musk.
Building of the network will be undertaken by a newly founded federal rail transportation department headed by Tony Abbott. Mr. Abbott a strong proponent of High Speed Rail is a progressive leader who when interviewed stated "I am really pleased that my old friends Scott Morrison and Malcolm Turnbull have asked me to lead one of the most important nation building projects in the history of this country. Those of you who know me would agree I have always been very sensitive about the environment and the reduction of motor vehicle and aircraft use which are high polluting. This is a game changer for Australian's wanting a clean green transport service."
The cost of the network is expected to be in the range of $160b and $180b and will be funded from undeclared donations to the federal liberal party and the ALP and the issuance of Australian Government Bonds. $70b is expected to come from the timely sale of the NBN to Telstra. A $400b contingency to deal with any union entanglements has also been allocated.
"We are so very excited about this project and the value it will bring to the nation. A long time in the planning, the Coalition will finally deliver a project which makes sense to the nation." said Mr. Morrison.
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