Alternative modes of travel. High-speed rail and other modes of travel can be prioritised. According to flight data website OAG.com, the Sydney—Melbourne air route is the world’s second busiest, with 54,519 flights a year, and Brisbane—Sydney, with 33,765 flights a year, is the eighth busiest. These numbers could be dramatically reduced by a high-speed rail network between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane that could provide zero emission journeys. Such a network could, according to BZE in their High Speed Rail report, reduce travel emissions up Australia’s east-coast corridor by 28%, equating to a 13.5% reduction in regional travel emissions Australia-wide.
Well worth the read is Chapter 6 Fostering alternatives of Stay Grounded’s valuable report Regrowth aviation: Reducing air travel in a just way.