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Federal Member for Riverina and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has announced $8 million will be provided to fund a business case for faster rail between Sydney and Parkes.
As part of the government's Plan for Australia's Future Population, the funding is to take pressure off the big cities and support the growth of the regions.
And in the process - Mr McCormack said residents and businesses in Parkes will benefit from a boost to jobs and tourism.
"We want more people to live, work and raise a family in the regions," he said.
"Faster rail services not only help to ease road congestion, it also means more people can access the regions with reliable transport connections, which helps to create jobs and opportunities beyond the bright city lights.
"Faster rail will also be a boon for the annual Elvis Festival in January in which many tourists use the Elvis Express to travel to Parkes."
The Parkes-to-Sydney - via Lithgow, Bathurst and Orange - business case is one of five as part of a 20-year vision to better connect capital cities with surrounding regional centres.
Currently the 445-kilometre rail journey between Sydney and Parkes takes about six and a half hours with the train travelling at an average speed of 68 kilometres per hour.
This article first appeared on www.parkeschampionpost.com.au
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