RE: HSR – VFT No. 3

FUTURO CONCEPT “HSR/VFT” AUSTRALIA

RE: HSR - VFT No. 3

A) HSR and Light Freight concept. A dedicated Two Track System.

 

Sydney Melbourne, corridor generally in agreement with HSR2 2013. 

Variations to be investigated:

  • Terminal in Sydney to be in the Homebush Area (for some light freight and passengers/light freight) and/or at Prince Alfred Park final destination of the HSR-VFT. The most likely scenario to connect with state planned surface infrastructure, and direct Underground link to Central, the City Loop and/or the Airport.
  • Corridor via (generally following the Maldon to Dombarton line) Douglas Park and Albion Park to Nowra and Canberra via the Nerriga area. This maximises the capture of population, Southern Highlands, and Goulburn included. These “VARIATION” corridors could also be run with Tilt train at 260Km/hr., giving more flexibility on the corridor curves, rather than the more rigid geometry of an HSR-VFT.
  • The inclusion of the Newcastle to Sydney leg.

B) HSR and Light Freight and Bulk Freight concept. A dedicated Two-Four Track System.

The proposals in A) would be augmented with another twin track alongside it for Bulk Freight.

In Addition a Port Kembla Newcastle corridor would also connect into the Intermodals at Moorebank, Port Enfield and Botany Port

C) Feasibility Study

  1. The Feasibility Study for the Melbourne – Sydney (with Canberra Loop) will be managed by the Futuro Concept of Australia Pty Ltd and it will be a mixture of University, Engineering, Transport, Operators Companies inclusive of Federal, Regional Development and Local Government.
  • Phase 1. Term of reference for a Feasibility Study (by AACE International standard a +10% to -10% Cost Estimate or Class III).

Phase 1 - Feasibility Study would require a $65 million for a high-speed rail network linking Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, with a particular focus on the Melbourne-Sydney The proposed study will identify corridors, estimate construction costs, undertake preliminary geotechnical investigations and utilising all existing Federal, State and Council geotechnical report of the selected corridors and the financial and economic modelling necessary to determine the project’s viability. It is expected to take about 15 months to complete.

The same process will be used in planning the inland heavy freight rail feasibility study to identify reduction of costs and develop a more reliable and fast delivery of containers and heavy and/or bulk freight, to be noted however that high speed and heavy freight WILL NOT use the same tracks.

  • Phase 2. Term of reference for a Control Study (by AACE International standard a +5% to -5% Cost Estimate) or Class II & I).

Phase 2 – Control Study would require a $250 million for a high-speed rail network linking Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, with a particular focus on the Melbourne-Sydney The proposed study will identify corridors, estimate construction costs, undertake preliminary geotechnical investigations and utilising all existing Federal, State and Council geotechnical report of the selected corridors and the financial and economic modelling necessary to determine the project’s viability. It is expected to take about 24 months to complete.

  1. The Feasibility Study for the Wagga/Wagga - Brisbane will be managed by the Futuro Concept of Australia Pty Ltd and it will be a mixture of University, Engineering, Transport, Operators Companies inclusive of Federal, Regional Development and Local Government.
  • Phase 1. Term of reference for a Feasibility Study (by AACE International standard a +10% to -10% Cost Estimate or Class III).

Phase 1. The Feasibility Preliminary Study would require a $90 million for a high-speed rail network linking Wagga/Wagga – Brisbane (Inland Route), with a particular focus on the following towns Forbes, Parkes, Dubbo, Goondiwindi, Toowoomba and Ipswich. The proposed study will identify corridors, estimate construction costs, undertake preliminary geotechnical investigations and utilising all existing Federal, State and Council geotechnical report of the selected corridors and the financial and economic modelling necessary to determine the project’s viability. It is expected to take about 18 months to complete.

The same process will be used in planning the inland heavy freight rail feasibility study to identify reduction of costs and develop a more reliable and fast delivery of containers and heavy and/or bulk freight, to be noted however that high speed and heavy freight WILL NOT use the same tracks.

  • Phase 2. Term of reference for a Control Study (by AACE International standard a +2-5% to -2-5% Cost Estimate) or Class II & I).

Phase 2 – Control Study would require a $350 million for a high-speed rail network linking Wagga/Wagga – Brisbane (Inland Route), with a particular focus on the Forbes, Parkes, Dubbo, Goondiwindi, Toowoomba and Ipswich. The proposed study will identify corridors, estimate construction costs, undertake preliminary geotechnical investigations and utilising all existing Federal, State and Council geotechnical report of the selected corridors and the financial and economic modelling necessary to determine the project’s viability. It is expected to take about 24 months to complete.

  1. The Feasibility Study for the Sydney – Newcastle - Narrabri will be managed by the Futuro Concept of Australia Pty Ltd and it will be a mixture of University, Engineering, Transport, Operators Companies inclusive of Federal, Regional Development and Local Government.
  • Phase 1. Term of reference for a Feasibility Study (by AACE International standard a +10% to -10% Cost Estimate or Class III).

Phase 1. The Feasibility Preliminary Study would require a $75 million for a high-speed rail network linking Sydney – Newcastle - Narrabri (Inland Route Connection), with a particular focus on the following towns Forbes, Parkes, Dubbo, Goondiwindi, Toowoomba and Ipswich. The proposed study will identify corridors, estimate construction costs, undertake preliminary geotechnical investigations and utilising all existing Federal, State and Council geotechnical report of the selected corridors and the financial and economic modelling necessary to determine the project’s viability. It is expected to take about 12 months to complete.

The same process will be used in planning the inland heavy freight rail feasibility study to identify reduction of costs and develop a more reliable and fast delivery of containers and heavy and/or bulk freight, to be noted however that high speed and heavy freight WILL NOT use the same tracks.

  • Phase 2. Term of reference for a Control Study (by AACE International standard a +2-5% to -2-5% Cost Estimate) or Class II & I)

Phase 2 – Control Study would require a $210 million for a high-speed rail network linking Wagga/Wagga – Brisbane (Inland Route), with a particular focus on the Newcastle and Narrabri. The proposed study will identify corridors, estimate construction costs, undertake preliminary geotechnical investigations and utilising all existing Federal, State and Council geotechnical report of the selected corridors and the financial and economic modelling necessary to determine the project’s viability. It is expected to take about 22 months to complete.

This second, Control Study (Phase 2. In all three sections) will determine an optimum route alignment, identify patronage levels, develop cost estimates and investigate financing options.  Will developed and include for the required cost of IOMT and include land and buildings acquisition, for which a preliminary figure has been derived at $A10.5B for the entire route of 3,000 km dual tracks HSR-VFT

Final Design will be administered through an Integrated Owner Management Team (IOMT)

A  At 4 years engineering, design and land/building acquisition

The IOMT is the total cost for 3000Km of dual rail HSR/VFT, in our first leg Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Newcastle, the time is around is around 30 months study with a costs of $A6.3B.

Scope of the Study; Futuro Concept of Australia Pty Ltd is able to release a full terms of reference for the Feasibility Study and design.

A  Closing Note

I am sure there has been some great persons in the pass (eg. Bradfield, Hudson), with grandiose schemes that exemplified the thinking that can transform Australia’s future. In those cases Government has taken the lead.

As many of you know we are endeavouring to push through with the Concept via the Consortia of our Group, which include importantly a mixture of the international companies in HSR technologies. In discussions the financing of the project, to some of these appears not to be a problem, and I have had it said that there is some preliminary interest from private institution to invest in our project and we would like very much to hear from any Financial entity if they would like to discuss this project further.   We believe our group has the right mix for the high speed model by the inclusion of freight and possibly Light and Bulk, and the integration of it with the regional areas which allows in itself a revalue on land uses.

I can’t think of anything better for any political and financial persuasion, to galvanise and give outright confidence to the Australian people at this time. Reforming the Rail Network.  We need funding for Feasibility Studies (FS) and we estimate $65M for the first leg Melbourne – Sydney (with Canberra Loop included), it has to to have Federal and States Government support. It could come from the internationals within in our group but in that case there must be a license for the project in place. Either way the Australian Government must take the lead.

We would like to put in place a license for quasi Authority to administer our Concept.

For and on behalf of

FUTURO CONCEPT HSR/VFT AUSTRALIA

PAOLO GIAMMARCO (Director)

GIANCARLO VIMERCATI (Director)

 

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