Cold Fussion wrote:Hail22 wrote:Avalon is in Victoria xD Eastern Creek is in New South Wales (Sydney) and is currently undergoing highway extension and rail link upgrades.
Department of events and sports already stated that Formula 1 is a consideration pending consultation.
The project will only be a small sum of $160 million as the track is there it would only be an upgrade of the surrounding facilities, pit lane, and possibly the extension of the circuit to include some long back straights etc.
Final approval of these "plans" (as it does not state Formula just an upgrade to the circuit) is going to be approved/denied August this year which means 2 years construction isn't far fetched to take the GP post 2015.
I'm curious as to these rail link upgrades you're talking about. I live 20 minutes away from Eastern Creek and I honestly have doubts you could shuffle a huge amount of people into it without the whole thing falling apart. There is a 3 lane motorway which runs not even 100m away from the circuit but that has no exist to the track so instead you have to loop out of it and use what would be a highly conjested highway to get to the circuit. The track is also quite far away from any station, and as to those upgrades you mention I am not seeing it and I travel that stretch of track every day on my way to uni.
This is of course over shadowed by the bigger problem that Eastern Creek is a woefully boring race track. The Melbourne GP is broadcasted to possible 100s of millions of people a year, plus all the radio and newspaper coverage. How can one even quantify how much that is worth? To advertise Melbourne to that many people any other way would cost vastly more than 50 million. The only problem with the GP is the people of Melbourne, who are to busy sipping Latte's and some trendy caffe to see the whole picture.
If your in construction then you would know there is big plans for Sydney
However with the rail whether its medium, or light rail its up to the State Gov and Fed Gov to come to an agreement on whether they will assist in the boosting of infrastucture (airports, rail, ports).
Things are in motion starting from the upgrade of the Sydney Metro Electrical grid to prevent shortages or outages cutting the CBD's power supply.
The plan has yet to be approved and the rail is subject to the State Governments own budget/projections.
From a construction point of view a relative who has a draft of the plans clearly shows the revamped Eastern Creek is by far different to the track it is today, however its subject to EPA, State planning, Regulatory approval.
So we won't know til August but once more its up to the State Gov and Federal Government with roads and rail networks however it would be logical for an infrastructure boost to Penrith as two lines isn't enough.