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NSW Outlines Plan For High-Speed Rail Between Sydney And Newcastle Will Cut Trip To Under An Hour

A high-speed rail network could see the trip time between Sydney and Newcastle slashed to under 60 minutes, but it won’t be for a while yet.

The Sydney Morning Herald obtained a confidential NSW Parliament report, Future Transport Strategy: Towards 2061, which outlined its plan to link fast-rail lines to Sydney’s train network.

The draft outlines its plan to make major Sydney stations, such as Parramatta, and Campbelltown and Macathur as “key interchanges”.

It will also boost in transport links between Sydney, the Central Coast, Newcastle and Wollongong.

“The transformation will include both new, dedicated fast rail lines to enable train speeds of up to 250 kilometres per hour, and improvements to the existing network to increase speeds on those sections to a maximum of 160 kilometres per hour,” the Sydney Morning Herald report the plan says.

“It also includes new trains and new or improved stations that, combined with radically faster travel times, will deliver a step change in customer experiences.”

According to the plans, Parramatta to Gosford would take 25 minutes and Sydney to Newcastle would take less than an hour.

However, it is reported the fast trains won’t be built quickly, with Transport for NSW warning it would take between two and three decades to complete and cost tens of billions of dollars.