Approximately eight million people travel between Melbourne and Sydney each year, and that number is set to double within the next 25 years. There is doubt that the country’s current infrastructure can meet this demand, so international design firm Hassell Studios set about to prove there was a better solution than 16-lane highways and endless traffic. The firm recently unveiled the Australian High Speed Vehicle (A-HSV), a double-decker train concept that could revolutionize the way Aussies travel.
According to Hassell, the A-HSV gets its brutish look from the commanding lines of the HK Monaro, a 1960’s muscle car that was produced by GM Holden Ltd, an Australian subsidiary of General Motors. The firm claims that if implemented, the A-HSV presents an alternative low-carbon, safe mode of transport for future travel between Australian capital and regional cities.
For many, trains are less desirable than planes or personal cars because the journey is often slow and uncomfortable. Such would not be the case with the A-HSV, which would travel around 250 miles per hour and would offer the choice of modern, spacious, open plan commuter seating or private berths for business meetings or luxury travellers. A dining/lounge bar and convenience store would also be integrated into the train allowing commuters to dine or do their daily shopping before arriving at their destination.
Since Australians using the A-HSV would be able to make the trip from Melbourne to Sydney in under three hours, it would no longer be as necessary for working professionals to live inside the city limits, creating opportunity for affordable housing developments that could alleviate urban congestion.