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Former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer says bipartisan support would be needed if a fast rail link down the eastern seaboard is ever to become a reality.
Yesterday, the Federal Government pledged $52 million to a fast train between Melbourne and Brisbane, to finalise the track alignment and station locations, as well as a detailed business case.
If re-elected, Labor would also legislate to protect a 1,700 kilometre corridor between Brisbane and Melbourne, where the track would be laid.
Mr Fischer was a member of an advisory panel on high-speed rail that investigated the feasibility of a Melbourne to Brisbane high-speed rail service.
He says work should be done now to decide the route so that the project comes to fruition.
"Brisbane, Sydney, Albury, Wodonga, Shepparton, Tullamarine, Southern Cross, preserve it now for the future when the economy stacks up, when the business case stacks up, when the project proceeds when we have high-speed rail on that route," he said.
"What a huge boost to decentralisation high-speed rail will represent."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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