Four potential corridors have been identified for investigation and planning for a NSW fast rail network that would connect with Sydney. They are:
- Northern Corridor, comprising Central Coast, Newcastle, Taree, and Port Macquarie
- Western Corridor, comprising Lithgow, Bathurst, Orange/Parkes
- Southern Inland Corridor, comprising Goulburn and Canberra, and
- Southern Coastal Corridor, comprising Wollongong and Nowra.
The scope of this project also comprises initial works such as duplication of the line between Berry and Gerringong on the Southern Coastal Corridor.
The 2021-22 NSW Budget reported the estimated total cost for planning and minor works as $326 million. While the NSW Budget noted Federal funding was included in this total, the value was not confirmed.
|Dec 2018||The NSW Government identified four potential corridors, and appointed Professor Andrew McNaughton to confirm the most appropriate routes, train speeds and station locations for the program.|
|Jun 2021||The 2021-22 NSW Budget allocated $298 million over four years, including $45 million in FY2021-22 for the program. The allocation was to continue planning to deliver connections between Sydney, Canberra, Bomaderry, Newcastle, the Central Coast and the Central West, as well as initial works inlcuding the duplication of the line between Berry to Gerringong. Estimated spend to 30 June was reported as $25 million. The 2021-22 Budget also noted planning and minor works for the program would be complete in 2026.|