The Time For High Speed Rail

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The Time For High Speed Rail

  1. 1. The Time for High Speed Rail (250km/h+) A Frecciarossa high-speed train at Milan's Central Station Michael Charles Southern Cross University Program Leader, Economic, Social & Environmental Sustainability CRC for Rail Innovation f R il I ti Brett Hughes Australasian Railway Association Program Chair, Economic, Social & Environmental Sustainability CRC for Rail Innovation Established and Supported under Australia’s 1 Cooperative Research Centres Programme
  2. 2. Outline Background to research Research findings Future action 2
  3. 3. HSR defined Speeds: 250 km/h+ Infrastructure forms Requirements 3
  4. 4. HSR applications worldwide Japan: Shi k J Shinkansen (1964) Europe: TGV (1981) and others Global expansion: boom period 4
  5. 5. Why research now? Different context Public interest Environmental concerns Overseas success 5
  6. 6. HSR Enablers in Australia Political interest P liti l i t t National t N ti l transport t policy calls Sustainability Increasing capacity Mature technology 6
  7. 7. HSR Barriers in Australia Competing infrastructure initiatives Legacy of federalism Reluctance t i R l t to invest t taxpayer funding Lack of planning coordination Affordability of other modes 7
  8. 8. Outcomes: Infrastructure provision i i Nation-building N ti b ildi overseas Public private Public-private partnerships Innovative ownership and financing models 8
  9. 9. Outcomes: HSR vs. air HSR can win passengers over i from air “4-hour 4 hour rule” Workingg together 9
  10. 10. Outcomes: urban issues Criticality f C iti lit of station location Interconnect Interconnect- ivity Shared or stand-alone infrastructure? 10
  11. 11. Outcomes: non-commercial benefits b fit Enhanced energy E h d security Reduced GHGs in operation Reduced airport congestion Reduced external costs 11
  12. 12. Critical success factors Strong vision St i i Demonstrated capacity issues Demonstrated wider benefits Understanding network effects Competing with air 12
  13. 13. Most importantly of all Treat T t it as another mode th d Needs to be optimum Avoid lowest- lowest cost Planning is everything 13
  14. 14. Complementing, not necessarily competing il ti 14
  15. 15. CRC for Rail Innovation Reports R t Stay tuned First in December 2009: Strategic Information St t i I f ti Second early 2010: Non- economic Benefits 15
  16. 16. Next steps Travel d T l demand projections d j ti Corridor protection Financial and economic analysis Operational and technology issues Environmental and demographic issues 16
  17. 17. Thank you For q estions/comments regarding questions/comments our HSR research: Email michael charles@scu.edu.au Tel. 07 5506 9383 Email bhughes@ara.net.au Tel. Tel 08 6270 4508 17

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