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A NSW MP has pitched the idea of building a 50-kilometre tunnel through the Blue Mountains to tech billionaire Elon Musk, who quoted "a bargain" to build it, according to tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes.
Former Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham, who will run as an independent at the next state election, tweeted to Mr Musk, "How much to build a 50km tunnel through the Blue Mountains and open up the west of our State?"
Elon Musk has costed an idea by a former Greens MP to build a tunnel through the Blue Mountains.CREDIT:BLOOMBERG
Mr Musk, the American billionaire entrepreneur and founder of the electric car company Tesla and The Boring Company, which is aiming to transform high-speed transportation through tunnels, replied saying it would cost around $750 million with additional costs.
He didn't specify if he was referring to US dollars, in which case it would make it $AUD1.045 billion.
"About $15M/km for a two-way high-speed transit, so probably around $750M plus maybe $50M/station," Mr Musk wrote on Twitter.
"Thanks, mate. Sounds like a bargain," Mr Buckingham replied to this quote and promised to raise it with Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
Mr Musk's Boring Company is currently testing a two-kilometre tunnel in Los Angeles and plans to construct another in Chicago.
Australian tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes, who was tagged in the exchange, agreed the proposal; "sounds like a bargain for Sydney".
Mr Cannon-Brookes and Mr Musk have history when it comes to making infrastructure deals via Twitter.
Mr Musk's company installed the world's largest lithium battery in South Australia in 2017, after he guaranteed over Twitter it could be done within 100 days of a contract being signed or it would be free, in response to a tweet from Mr Cannon-Brookes.
Jeremy Buckingham has proposed tunneling under the Blue Mountains to "open up the west" of NSW.CREDIT:BROOK MITCHELL
Mr Cannon-Brookes said after the battery was completed that he has "never been more happy to lose a bet".
Of the tunnel proposal, Mr Buckingham said it "could be a game changer to go under the Blue Mountains with a modern link between Sydney and the west".
He said the proposed tunnel would be accessible by a car lift which would place vehicles on a special platform allowing them to travel at high speeds between stations.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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