THE Southern Tablelands Rail Users’ Group (STRUG) has been fine-tuning the latest population statistics along the Picton – Canberra rail corridor following the Member for Goulburn Pru Goward’s recent assertion it would require a population of 100,000 to justify electrification.
STRUG has discovered the population along the rail corridor far exceeded the suggested “100,000 persons” for according to available census data and council websites, Wingecarribee Council already had 47,054 residents in 2013 and Goulburn Mulwaree boasted 29,230 people at that time.
A very worthy project. Why not consider tilt train technology which has operated successfully in Queensland for years. There would be a strong economic case for the electrification of the Main South to Canberra. New rollingstock and tilt technology replacing the diesel railcars.
Once completed you could look at extending the services further south and perhaps west of sydney using the same technology.
I think the point being made. Why is it "people need to campaign" for these changes and upgrades to services. What are the people in Sydney doing? sitting on their hands. incredible.