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The Victorian Monorail Proposal

Posted in Models by Ferne Edwards on August 28th, 2008

The section below is republished with permission from the Going Solar Transport Newsletter #74, 26 August 2008, compiled by Stephen Ingrouille. Going Solar, This newsletter provides an excellent commentary on local sustainable transport issues in Melbourne.

Victorian Monorail Proposal
“German company ThyssenKrupp Transrapid has proposed the construction of a maglev monorail between Geelong and Frankston, with connections to Melbourne and Avalon airports, that would travel at an average speed of 275km/h and possibly up to 500km/h in rural areas. Its proponents say the monorail would reduce the Geelong-Melbourne commute to just 20 minutes.”
Ref: F R Perry & Associates, July Newsletter, 2008

Ref and Submission to Eddington:

“The consortium’s submission said the monorail would: Hover above the track using magnetic levitation; Reach speeds of 500km/h in rural areas; Silently cruise at 250km/h in urban areas; and, Operate safer and cleaner than normal rail transport. But the submission also revealed considerable cost – calculated to be about $4 billion per 100km of double rail lines.”
Ref: Martin Watters, Herald Sun, 30/7/08

“For half the price of the planned rail tunnel Transrapid can build a high-speed monorail from Geelong to the Airport to Frankston – more than 100km. However, maglev track takes up far more space than a conventional ALWEG monorail so should only be routed down existing freeway easements. The CBD – Frankston section of a Maglev could only run down St. Kilda Road and Nepean Highway which is likely to be unacceptable.”
Ref: New Australia