In contrast with the previous proposal, the 18-month $A 20 million ($US
18 million) feasibility study will look at options for a new line
between Sydney and Newcastle, which would form the initial phase of an
eventual Melbourne - Canberra - Sydney - Brisbane line.
National Party leader Mr Warren Truss has also said a Coalition
(Liberal/National) government would be willing to fund the study if it
wins power. Truss said the study would build on the 2001 East Coast
Very High Speed Train Scoping Study carried out by a consortium of Arup
and TMG, but ultimately rejected by Mr John Howard's Coalition