Zero Carbon Australia High Speed Rail proposes a network connecting the major capital cities and regional centres between Melbourne and Sydney, and later onto Brisbane. With services commencing by 2025.

A High Speed Rail Station within 50km of 60% of Australian population connecting Melbourne, Melbourne Airport, Seymour, Shepparton, Albury, Wagga Wagga, Canberra, Goulbourn, Moss Vale, Glenfield, Sydney Central, Hornsby, Central Coast, Newcastle, Taree, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Grafton, Lismore, Gold Coast and Brisbane.

The estimated total cost for the HSR system, including construction, rolling stock, management and contingencies is $84 billion ($40billion Sydney-Melbourne/$44billion Sydney-Brisbane).

Sydney-Newcastle 45 minute High Speed Rail would cost just $12billion and a further $22.2billion would deliver the Canberra-Sydney link..more.

 FIGURE IX Annual costs and revenue (undiscounted 2012 dollars), and net present value. Source: from Zero Carbon Australia High Speed Rail (April 2014)  (discounted, 4% real discount rate) for HSR network. Source B

The HSR fare structure is designed to be cheaper than the equivalent average airfare for all but the longest journeys (Figure V). This is the case with many HSR networks operating internationally, and is one of the key reasons for the expected shift by passengers from air to HSR.

A total of 87 trains will be required to meet the expected demand. Sydney Central HSR platforms would see departures every 10 minutes in each direction during peak hour, with departures from Melbourne and Brisbane every 15 minutes.

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