Albanese pledges to build the nation’s first high speed rail through the Central Coast

Leader of the Opposition Anthony Albanese (right) with Emma McBride MP and Labor candidate for Robertson Dr Gordon Reid.

The Federal Opposition Leader has pledged that a Federal Labor Government will make fast rail connections between Sydney, the Central Coast and Newcastle a reality by assigning top priority to this project for the new High-Speed Rail Authority (HSRA).

The pledge was first announced in Newcastle together with local Labor MPs and candidates on January 2 and is the first of two major election commitments for the Hunter Central Coast regions.

Mr Albanese travelled to the Central Coast today Jan 4 to discuss the plan with Dobell MP Emma McBride and Labor Candidate for Robertson Gordon Reid and locals.

Mr Albanese and Ms McBride at Tuggerah Station

At the announcement Mr Albanese said that a future Labor government would establish a High-Speed Rail Authority (HSRA) as a statutory agency and issue a clear statement of expectations to the HSRA to begin work on the Sydney to Newcastle corridor as a matter of priority.

The line would include stops in the Central Coast, with Wyong, Ourimbah and Gosford as obvious possibilities.

In a media statement Mr Albanese wrote ‘that the line will be built with the capacity for trains to run up to and over 250kmh’. Going on to state that ‘This would slash journey times from Sydney to Newcastle from over 2 and a half hours to just 45 minutes. From Sydney to Gosford would take only half an hour’.

In his announcement he said that a HSRA would receive a down payment of $500 million to commence land acquisitions and continue planning work that he said commenced by the last Labor government.

According to the announcement the plan would be the first leg in a high speed rail line that would eventually travel between Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

A high speed rail connection running along the East Coast has been investigated seriously for over 20 years, with a German MagLev consortium offering up their technology in 1999.

CCN has reported over the few last years how millions have been spent on feasibility reports by the state and federal government into High Speed Rail, though it is unclear if and when these have been completed.

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2 Comments on "Albanese pledges to build the nation’s first high speed rail through the Central Coast"

  1. Yeah Great, get more people to commute from Sydney.. Bad Idea also.

  2. Bruce Gurney-Mawby | January 7, 2022 at 5:01 pm | Reply

    Amazing how politicians announce these plans before elections and forget them just after
    as they have been doing for over 20 years.

    nothing new to see here

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