Tweed included in rail study

A STUDY will look at how a high-speed rail would benefit the Tweed region.

The Australasian Railway Association and the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies at the University of Sydney are conducting the study to assess the potential economic and social benefits of a the rail service

The federal Department of Infrastructure is considering a high-speed rail network travelling up to 350km an hour between Melbourne and Brisbane.

The department announced earlier this month the commencement of stage two of the study which will look at routes and station stops. One route being considered is through the Tweed region.

ARA chief executive officer Bryan Nye said this study will hopefully get regional councils excited about the benefit of high speed rail.

"We know from world experience that people will get on a train and travel an hour to get to work," Mr Nye said.

"At 350km an hour people can travel a long way."

Mr Nye said this high speed rail can change the look of regional centres along the chosen route.

An Australasian Railway Association spokeswoman said the study will focus on regional communities along the purposed Sydney to Melbourne route.

"Whilst the study focuses on the Sydney to Melbourne line, the results will still apply to areas like Tweed and Byron," the spokeswoman said.

"The ARA believes that the positive results from the study will help boost the case for high-speed rail in Australia."

The spokeswoman said the study was expected to be completed by March 2013.



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