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Chair, Board appointed for newly formed High Speed Rail Authority

The Federal Government and High Speed Rail Authority are seeking tenders and experts to help develop and plan the first stage of the east coast high speed rail network.

The Federal Government has announced its appointments for the newly formed High Speed Rail Authority that will begin operations next week.

Jill Rossouw has been appointed as the Chair of the Authority Board with the four other board members to include Gillian Brown, Dyan Crowther, Ian Hunt and Neil Scales.

This authority will oversee the development of the high-speed rail network along the east coast of Australia which will aim to provide a faster alternative for commuters between cities and regional centres. This network could allow passengers to travel between major cities and regional centres at speeds exceeding 250 kilometres per hour.


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The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has welcomed the appointments.

“Rail is the backbone of sustainable transport in this country and it is wonderful to see the High Speed Rail Authority formally begin this transformative project, which will connect and bring great economic benefits to many communities,” ARA CEO Caroline Wilkie said.

According to the Federal Government, the first priority for the High Speed Rail Authority will be planning and corridor works for the Sydney to Newcastle section of the high-speed rail network, backed by a $500 million Federal commitment.

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