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Tuesday, 8 May 2012
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High Speed Rail

(Question No. 828)

Mr Oakeshott asked the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, in writing, on 8 February 2012:

Can he (a) provide an update on the Very Fast Train proposal between Sydney and Brisbane, and (b) confirm he has received a submission from the community of Taree for a dedicated Very Fast Train station.

Mr Albanese: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Australian Government's strategic study on the implementation of the High Speed Rail network on the east of Australia between Brisbane and Melbourne is well underway. The first phase of the study, released, on 4 August 2011, showed that constructing an eastern seaboard network connecting Brisbane to Melbourne via Sydney and Canberra would cost between $61 billion and $108 billion in $2011. On the basis of population forecasts, assumed fares and operational characteristics, up to 54 million passengers could be using the high speed rail by 2036. The full phase one report is available at .

Phase two of the study is currently in progress and due for completion at the end of 2012. It will analyse the phase one findings in much greater detail and will identify a preferred corridor alignment and station locations, including regional stations. It will also refine cost estimates, passenger and revenue forecasts, assess financial and economic viability and provide options for staging, financing and governance.

My Department has not received a submission from the community of Taree regarding a dedicated high speed rail station.