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Hi Speed rail, does Australia really want it

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Saw the news today about it taking 40 years to build 'Hi Speed Rail Link' from Melbourne to Brisbane and initially wondered as to how much influence the usual suspects, airline and airports industry, oil, developers, in built resistance to change,the road haulage industry, the rural lobby and the waste of money on loony State Governments had on the outcomes and then looked up the following about the China to Tibet high speed rail connection and wondered why Australia is still having committees about it.

"The 815 km section of the future Qinzang Railway from Xining to Golmud, Qinghai opened to traffic in 1984. But the remaining 1,142 km (710 mi) section from Golmud to Lhasa could not be constructed until technical difficulties of building railroad tracks on permafrost were solved. This section was formally started on 29 June 2001, finished on 12 October 2005, and signalling work and track testing took another eight months. It was completed in five years at a cost of $3.68 billion."
Date: Apr 11, 2013   


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