For the next four years there is no planned federal funding for it in the budget.
Can't believe how no-one has picked up on this
100% agree with Don'tTellMywife. NT line has been in plan for 100yr, there was even a sign at the end of the Alice track indicating future extension for how many decades? there was also alot of work done to sort out the money side for a few years prior to the announcement, it didn't just happen. There was also buggerall in between Alice and Darwin and the only built up areas they went through were mostly the former ROW and in at least one case even a former bridge. The project was so commercially successful that no private money will willingly given to a general rail freight project again for a long long time.
Back to Bingley's, Seb2351, NSWtrains and Sulla1 comments
My understanding is this
- The project for spending the $300m wont get off until mid 2015
- I do not know how long they have to spend that money, 2-3 years? so why would there be funding for the next step when this is likely to be around 2017-2018? Of course it will be an election promise for the 3rd term of the LNP, just like they will use this project for their 2nd term campaign.
From the news storyThree sections of the track have been identified as priority projects and, according to Mr Anderson, will immediately improve rail transport in those local areas. They include a major upgrade of the network between Narrabri and North Star, an upgrade from Parkes to Narromine, and construction of the Rosewood-Kagaru section near Ipswich, Queensland
I therefore take this to read the $300m is to pay for upgraded track to Nth Star in NSW + about 50km of track to run from Rosewood to Kagaru in Qld. I assume both these projects will take about 2-3 years. The NT line, they built 1700km of track across 95% of Sweet F__ All landscape wise, who was to complain about the route, a few farmers and camels? It was the worlds fastest railway construction project for a damn good reason. Meanwhile it takes 3-4 years to build a few km of track in suburbia for a damn good reason.
The Qld track route is undefined and semi rural to rural. As this route will involve connecting NG to the interstate to get to Acacia Ridge, they also need to finish the Dual gauging of the interstate.
There are very significant reasons why the Rosewood to Kagaru section needs to be built soon! I also point out that this gets zero $ from the Qld govt yet the benefits are all for the Qld govt. ie more coal, remove coal dust from suburbia (a growing issue in Brisbane, real or perceived) and more slots for commuter services + the ability to run 15min services off-peak on the Ips line. During the Fed election, LNP made a few loose references (that I recall) for improving rail freight access to Brisbane Port.
The ARTC (the govt organisation vested with the task of managing and improving the Interstate network) has in its own report stated the line is not needed until 2025 and that timing will effect the NPV. ie bring forward its gets less, push out it gets more. From a Qld perspective, the current coal locos and assume wagon fleet used in the Sth fields will be life expired around 2025, so a good time to buy something new and off the shelf standard gauge, rather than something that needs to fit in a 150yr old very narrow tunnel with light feet. The grain fleet is in the same boat.
By 2017-18, the Fed and Qld budgets should be much healthier and in a position to open the purse to start funding this. $4B over 7-8 years is still