Long-distance train travel could again be part of the country lifestyle if the federal government gets its way.
Transport minister Anthony Albanese has announced the second part of the government’s feasibility study into a very fast train service between Melbourne and Brisbane.
He said there was already great interest in the project, with the first stage of study downloaded by 300,000 people since August.
The route and exact number of stops is still to be determined but Mr Albanese has indicated that there is likely to be at least one stop on the north coast.
Although the majority of trains will run express between cities, some will stop in the regions, he assured country people.
The high-speed rail link is expected cost between $61 and $108 billion to build.
For further information visit http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/rail/trains/high_speed/.