The NSW Government has progressed in making a high-speed rail system a reality with there vision being announced where we may see a ~200km/h rail service initially launched with a >250km/h high-speed VFT train service launched in the long term which will begin in the Sydney region where it will then go to the biggest regional centre’s across the state and even to the ACT.
The vision has outlined several major stops for the service which will begin in Sydney, here is a breakdown of each proposed route
Northern Corridor Route:
- Central Coast
- Port Macquarie
Southern Inland Corridor Route:
Southern Coastal Corridor Route:
Western Corridor Route:
If undertaken, this project will change the entire economic and spatial landscape of the New South Wales state. It will give people a chance to live in true lifestyle locations whilst still being able to commute to a inner-city occupation. It can also give businesses a chance to setup in various locations or relocate their head offices as these centre’s become a lot more accessible
Here are some amazing stats on the rail vision for NSW:
|Top Speed (Short-Term):||At least 200 km/h|
|Top Speed (Medium to Long-Term):||At least 250 km/h|
|Potential Time Savings:||75% on Current Times|
|Potential Number of Stations:||12 Major Station Cities Earmarked|
As you can see by the above table, journey times are the biggest benefit of this massive infrastructure vision. Here is a outline of the potential journey times if the development were to go ahead as stated on the NSW Government’s official website, here is a breakdown of what could be on the horizen:
|Journey||Current Time||High-Speed Rail |
|Sydney to Gosford||1 Hour 19 Minutes||30 Minutes|
|Sydney to Wollongong||1 Hour 25 Minutes||30 Minutes|
|Sydney to Goulburn||2 Hours 31 Minutes||30 Minutes|
|Sydney to Newcastle||2 Hours 35 Minutes||45 Minutes|
|Sydney to Nowra||2 Hours 39 Minutes||45 Minutes|
|Sydney to Canberra||4 Hours 7 Minutes||1 Hour|
Whilst NSW Fast Rail project is set the completely change the landscape of the state, there are more important prioritised rail projects according to the government has recently announced via SMH that the Sydney Metro West & Sydney Metro Greater West are currently more vital transport projects in New South Wales at the present time of writing & have priority to be fast tracked.
Whilst the first step would be to simply optimise the current rail which is in place now, where the longer term vision is to design and create a completely new set of tracks with new rolling stock.
NSW High Speed Rail FAQs
No, it is still currently a vision of the NSW Government as of October 2019
It is unclear whether there will be further routes or cities added to the network at this stage
It is expected in the short term that the trains will reach a top speed of <200km/h, however, in the long term once a dedicated line is built then this is expected to go up to >250km/h
In the long term, the very fast high speed rail in NSW reaching over 250km/h may cut journey times up to 75%
This is an excising time for the residents of both the Sydney region and regional NSW, we will keep you updated here at Build Sydney on the progress of this transport vision.