Federal MP Andrew Leigh is encouraging the government of NSW to support the proposal for a high-speed railway between Canberra and Sydney. The proposal which was put forward by Talgo, a Spanish manufacturing company will reduce travel time from Canberra to Sydney by 1 and a half hours. Rail travel time is 4 hours and reducing it to 2.5 hours will be highly efficient and convenient for all concerned.
In a letter to NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance, Dr Leigh emphasized the significance of improving the rail links between the two cities. The current railway travel time of 4 hours is longer than the time it will take to drive from Canberra to Sydney.
However, many of those in the Canberra community who are living near the train route have expressed serious concerns that it might be a disadvantage to those who prefer to travel by train. They are also sceptical that the high speed railway might result to additional congestion on the streets.
According to Talgo commercial director, Guillermo Martinez, the full proposal is going to cost less than $100 million and can be completed in 12 months or less. The Indian government is currently running trials on the Talgo trains between New Delhi and Mumbai. They want to reduce a typical journey of 16 hours by 4 hours.
Salvador Flores, Talgo’s project manager explained that the primary reason why the trains travelled so fast is due to the tilting system that allows them to maintain speed on corners. The passive tilting system makes the train run faster.
Talgo has offered to lend one of its trains to Australia so that the feasibility of the proposal can be tested. While it is too soon to tell how fast the trains can travel on Australian tracks, Talgo trains have the capability to run at 200 kilometres per hour.
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