News

Fast train a hit with locals

NORTHERN Rivers residents have welcomed suggestions a high speed rail link between Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne could include a stop at Lismore.

However, the suggestion it could be in place by 2025 has been greeted with scepticism.

The Northern Star yesterday reported the $84 billion project had won the backing of Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and, locally, from Page MP Kevin Hogan.

A report prepared by Beyond Zero Emissions in collaboration with the German Aerospace Centre and the University of Melbourne Energy Research Institute suggested the $84 billion project could be ready within 11 years.

The line would include 21 stops, including at Lismore, the Gold Coast, Grafton, and Coffs Harbour.

Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell, who was on the working party for the last fast train proposal, was among those to comment, saying this proposal looked better than the last one.

"The proposed 45mins to Brisbane and 2.5hrs to Sydney could make it possible to commute to work in a capital from Lismore," she said.

Plenty of people thought the idea sounded great - if and when it happened.

"It will never happen! We have only been talking about this for 40 years," was one typical sceptical comment.

Would you use a high speed rail service running to Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne?

This poll ended on 28 August 2014.

Absolutely! - 70%

Yes, depending on timetables and ticket costs - 23%

No - 5%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

A reader poll on the idea has also had strong support with more than 500 people voting as of 7am today and only 5% saying they wouldn't use the service. An impressive 70% of people voting on the poll say they would use the train without qualification, while just under a quarter say their decision would depend on timetabling and ticket prices.

The poll remains open until noon today.

Topics:  fast train, high speed rail




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

MUMS' TOP 5: 'Musts' to have on your childcare checklist

SOME FALL SHORT: Organisations that train childcare workers will be subjected to extra audits.

SENDING your child off to day care can be daunting and confusing.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Would you swim this close to a 5m crocodile?

Byron Bay woman Franny Plumridge diving just centimetres from a 5m crocodile.

She described it as "crazy and unique". We agree it was crazy...

5 big projects bringing $300m to Lismore

SUPER SHOPPING: The planned Lismore Home & Leisure Centre would include nine large retailers, a 355-space carpark and dedicated café precinct with outdoor dining, children's play area and parents' room, plus taxi and mini bus drop-off areas.

Lismore is booming, and here's the proof

New Ballina marina would boost tourism, economy

Plans are progressing for a new marina at the trawler harbour site at West Ballina.

Time to have your say on redevelopment of the trawler harbour site

Latest deals and offers

Vivid timelapse

Screenshot from timelapse of Sydney's Vivid Festival

This timelapse shows Sydney's Vivid Festival

Carnifex Snippet 4

Carnifex are about to release new music with their sixth album. Photo Contributed

"Drown Me In Blood" from CA based death metal outfit CARNIFEX. Sixth studio album...

Carnifex Snippet 3

Carnifex are about to release new music with their sixth album. Photo Contributed

"Drown Me In Blood" from CA based death metal outfit CARNIFEX. Sixth studio album...

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%

DIY: How to build a backyard fire pit

DIY stars and Weekend magazine columnists Ayden and Jess Hogan.

Would you build this for your backyard?