A look at some of the significant differences between alternative approaches to the Melbourne - Brisbane inland railway project.
Maybe people need to ask themselves about the road routes and priority .
Wind back the calendar to the day where the Hume and Pacific highways were goat tracks most of the way and the "direct" inland road route probably wasn't flash either .
Now discuss whether making a better route would be more beneficial on the coast (present Hume/Pacific) or the inland highway ...
Given that the needs of the many (potential election winners) outweigh anything else ...
How many of the existing MB , BM trains carry Sydney loading?
Looking at ARTCs current timetables for these trains, they all seem to stop in Sydney for several hours.
Is this to pick up , drop off loading, or for other reasons.
If so, then there seems to be zero market for Melbourne to Brisbane direct trains.