According to the Australian Bureau of Statistic, Australia’s population grew by 0.2 per cent, stating the impact of international border closures due to COVID-19 and decrease in births.

In light of this, Australia should foresee a net overseas migration in the coming months, but also bearing in mind the announcement of the recent Commonwealth games and Olympic set to occur in the following years. There will be a need to put mass transit first. Many have played on the idea that a high-speed rail or fast rail would fundamentally change the dynamic of Australia.

Instantly, our neighbours would become largely accessible to for all region and metropolitan areas in a fraction of the time. This ultimately opens up new affordable transit communities whilst giving existing ones new leases on life.

1. Why Build Sustainable Infrastructure?

We need to see a way to pave future prosperity through sustainable infrastructure. High speed rail and fast rail is common and successful throughout some Asian and European cities. It reduce congestion and moves large amounts of people quickly and move through long distances – thereby save space on existing roads for essential services.

2. Victoria’s Airport Rail Link

The Melbourne Airport Rail project is to connect the Melbourne Airport to its regional and metropolitan train networks. A rail link from Melbourne Airport to Sunshine Station, then into the Metro Tunnel and the heart of CBD and stops out to Cranbourne and Pakenham lines.

With 10-minute service intervals at the Melbourne Airport station, this premium service will connect its travellers to their destinations seamlessly.

The first stage of the Melbourne Airport Rail project is underway, protecting and relocating critical utility services, works are planned to start in 2022 subject to relevant approvals.

3. Queensland’s “Let’s Get Moving!” Rail Infrastructure Investment

A rail overhaul that is budgeted to cost over 2.6bn by the Palaszczuk government has been given support and will transpire over the next years. The Federal and Queensland Governments plans to improve safety, increase and support urban growth and lift transport congestion by improving traffic and train movements for all road users.

With Queensland hosting the Olympic games in 2032, an increase in urgency to enact on the project so that the rail network is in place and ready ahead of the Olympics.  At this stage, timing depends upon the future funding arrangements between the Federal and State Governments.

To sustain rail infrastructure growth and mass transit assets, it requires long term asset management. In order to support the sustainable development continuous data collection for risk, maintenance and strategic planning will be onerous. Current manned inspections take time and is both costly and risky.

Using drones, aerial data capture, intelligent monitoring and maintenance is a solution that Air Inspect Australia can provide. The benefits of the rail maintenance is definitely lower lifecycle costs and risks.

The Air Inspect team tailors crucial aerial services to provide highly accurate data, data collated in intervals, high volumes of data, units of measurements – all within shorter time frames and less cost and risks than traditional methods.

Air Inspect Australia takes out the legwork and resource-intensive projects by using drones, the information and data is quicker, concise and current.

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