Heavy rail of­fers fu­ture for mass rapid trans­port

The Courier-Mail - - LETTERS -

I RE­FER to plan­ning for south­east Queens­land’s fu­ture pub­lic trans­port needs ( C-M, Oct 11).

Heavy rail is the fu­ture for mass rapid tran­sit in ur­ban ar­eas. We also need to con­nect trans­port hubs, ie air­ports with our ma­jor cities.

In south­east Queens­land, this means fast ex­press trains trav­el­ling three times a day, at speeds in ex­cess of 300km/h, from the Gold Coast Air­port to Bris­bane Air­port, and on to the Sun­shine Coast Air­port, in both direc­tions.

Rail in­fra­struc­ture has to be a pri­or­ity for our re­gion.

It is the most ef­fec­tive and re­li­able means of trans­port­ing the great­est num­ber of peo­ple.

We must also stop the un­due ag­gre­ga­tion of ru­ral land and curb ur­ban sprawl.

It is only fair and eq­ui­table that we al­low higher den­sity liv­ing.

More res­i­dents would like to live closer to ameni­ties.

Coun­cils should ap­prove the rede­vel­op­ment of all blocks of shops and shop­ping malls to build apart­ment build­ings up to 10 storeys, with base­ment park­ing for com­mer­cial sites. Mark Blomkamp, Twin Wa­ters

A BIG plan is not nec­es­sar­ily a good plan, and the rapid rail pro­posal link­ing Bris­bane, Toowoomba and the Gold and Sun­shine coasts will be bil­lions of dol­lars down the drain.

It only works in Asian cities where fares cover both cap­i­tal and op­er­a­tional costs, and it’s un­likely the pro­posed rapid rail would even cover the lat­ter, given each rail trip in Bris­bane is al­ready sub­sidised.

Bet­ter to wait for ad­vances such as in­tel­li­gent cars, com­mu­ni­cat­ing with each other, or fully au­to­mated sys­tems. Brian Dud­son, Up­per Mt Gra­vatt

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