Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

High speed rail—Phase 1 study

The Report from phase 1 of the high speed rail study was released on 4 August 2011.

The report found that high speed rail between Brisbane and Melbourne could:

  • Cost between $61 billion and $108 billion (in $2011) to build and involve laying more than 1,600 kilometres of new standard-gauge, double-track;
  • Achieve speeds of up to 350 kilometres per hour and offer journey times as low as 3 hours between Brisbane and Sydney and Sydney and Melbourne; just 40 minutes from Sydney to Newcastle; and 1 hour between Sydney and Canberra;
  • Carry around 54 million passengers a year by 2036; and
  • Offer competitive ticket prices, with one way fares (in $2011) from Brisbane to Sydney costing $75–$177; Sydney to Melbourne $99–$197; and $16.50 for daily commuters between Newcastle and Sydney.

Copies of the report are available for download below:

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Last Updated: 9 July, 2014