Kevin Rudd announced yesterday that he would build a very fast train between Melbourne and Brisbane by 2035. As the idea first surfaced in 1984, it would be a promise 61 years in the honouring. He must feel very safe from leadership challenges to make such a longterm commitment.
Which made me wonder how long it was between first promise and delivery for other rail lines in Australia.
My local favourite is the Redcliffe to Brisbane rail line, now being built, but first promised in 1895 (so that’s 118 years).
Any additions to this list?
John Howard got good leverage for his uneconomic Darwin to Adelaide Railway. He contributed $190m to the entire undertaking, making its subsequent bankruptcy surely more bearable. Kevin Rudd is spending $52m just on a study (although spending that amount of money on the NBN could have saved us all a lot more).