Legislators say technical studies contracts for the Western Corridor Railway must not be awarded until they are given a full explanation of the multi-billion-dollar project. But Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation chairman Kevin Hyde declined to give such an assurance, saying the company had the legal right to award such contracts. About $434 million was spent on a feasibility study completed last year. The corporation plans to award another 20 technical study contracts, costing $750 million. The studies, scheduled to begin next month, are aimed at providing further details for the project. Officials from the Transport Branch and the corporation briefed legislators on the project yesterday. Legislators accused the Government of being miserly with information. They decided to set up a special working group to monitor the railway's finances and construction. Democratic Party legislator Albert Ho Chun-yan said: 'The less open the project, the more political pressure will be mounted on the Government.' Acting Secretary for Transport Paul Leung Sai-wah said the Government was always happy to brief legislators. A single trip from Tuen Mun to Tsuen Wan on the Western Corridor Railway would cost $20 at 1996 prices, according to a study by the KCRC. Democratic Party legislator Albert Chan Wai-yip was worried the fare would rise to $30 when the rail link began operation in 2001. He said the estimated fare was almost three times the normal bus fare.