2. What makes you think airlines will look to trains instead of more environmentally friendly planes instead. Same goes for the car for when they go totally electric.
3. If you are targeting regional areas then a 3 hour service between Sydney and Melbourne will not serve this purpose since that is the non stop time. How many towns the train stops at could add an hour on to the travel time.
Trains can easily be scheduled to operate express and with services stopping at intermediate stations as well. That's the BBQ stopper when it comes to operating trains.
It may not happen in NSW but it certainly does in Victoria where high speed services operate with slower or all stopper services and it's quite often an amazing symphony when my express train runs through a stopper at an intermediate station and maintains its speed and schedule...all on basically a SINGLE line at this time.
The VFT, HST, HSR or whatever it becomes will mix stoppers with express services easily because it won't be a single track like my line currently is.
Moreover, we all know Virgin operate the trains between London and Glasgow on the West coast mainline so it's not unprecedented for airlines to get into operating railways.
Is there enough demand to run both types of services frequently enough to justify the expense of building the line in the first place?
The so called all stoppers would be lucky to be 3 - 4 times a day.
I've caught the Japanese all stopper bullet train, 10-15min waiting at a station for the one behind to pass.
I know if HSR is built this will happen, but its not the sweet symphony often made out and the knock on effect for late running is not insignificant.
Virgin Trains is not owned by the Airline Virgin
- Virgin trains is 51% owned by Stagecoach and 51% owned Virgin Rail Group
- Virgin Rail Group is owned by Virgin Group
Virgin Group own
- 20% of Virgin Atlantic
- 8% of Virgin Australia
As you could imagine from the above, the Airline sector of Virgin as bugger-all influence in operation of Virgin Rail Group and Virgin trains.