Perrottet takes advice from Japan, but the high-speed train is just a “dream” for now
Tokyo: The best route for high-speed rail in New South Wales would be from Newcastle to Parramatta and up to Badgerys Creek, a leading international expert has told Premier Dominic Perrottet.
As part of its business mission to Japan, Perrottet took the Shinkansen, or bullet train, owned by JR Central from Tokyo to Hiroshima on Saturday for an onboard briefing from company director Torkel Patterson, who also sits on the Vice President of the International High Speed Rail Association.
Patterson, who has spent a lot of time in Australia, said he was confident NSW would eventually provide high-speed rail as it was the best way to connect major cities, particularly Melbourne and Sydney – one of busiest air routes in the world.
The JR Central bullet train runs at 285 km/h. The company says its trains emit one-twelfth the CO2 emissions of air travel and one-eighth the energy consumption.
The state government committed $500 million in the June budget for upgrades to provide fast train. It is not the same as high-speed rail, such as high-speed rail in Japan, which cannot run on existing tracks with curves that would be dangerous at maximum speeds.
JR Central says its average annual delay per train is 12 seconds. Sydney Trains services can be up to five minutes late and still considered on time, while NSW TrainLink services can be up to six minutes late. So far in July, only 79.3% of trains were on time.
‘[High-speed rail] will take time and I think it’s important that you…dream of what travel might look like decades from now.
Dominic Perrottet, Premier of New South Wales
The new investment from NSW will be matched with federal funds for upgrading the Sydney-Central Coast link, improving the Tuggerah-Wyong connection and new electrified tracks and station upgrades.
Rather than building new dedicated lines, NSW is preserving corridors for future use and upgrading existing lines.