Australia needs to take a good look at how Europe is not only managing climate change initiatives but how they are purposefully managing the best way to get people around the continent.
“It’s not about trains versus planes, it’s about picking the right mode for the right journey type.
This is the sort of intervention we should be aspiring to in the UK.
To make this happen here we need a similar commitment to high-speed rail to release capacity for lower carbon journeys, and to electrification to make train travel even greener.”
When is the Australian Government going to understand fast rail services will lead to lower emissions as aircraft and car use lowers. It would also be easier for airlines to offer seats on the trains for shorter journeys.
I would advocate for Melbourne to Albury/Sydney to Canberra
French parliament backs ban on short domestic flights that compete with rail
So of your list and other similar, how many flights a day are there between
- Melbourne and Albury
- Sydney and Wagga
- Sydney and Dubbo,
- Brisbane and Bundaberg
Realistically these and perhaps a few other city pairs are basically most that compare to France ruling. With the exception of Dubbo, I dare say rail has the bulk of the PT share. Dubbo should improve post CAF sets with two services a day.
Sydney - Canberra is very much the outlier that should be given a priority to upgrade services to MSR. Sydney - Newcastle should also be sped up.