Heavy rail offers future for mass rapid transport
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