Melbourne airport rail plan

A detailed plan and costings for a Docklands to Melbourne Airport rail line will be developed, with the Victorian Government committing $10 million to the project this week.

Melbourne airport rail plan
The Victorian Government will spend $10 million on a plan for a rail link between Melbourne Airport and the CBD

Both Melbourne Airport and Southern Cross Station are privately operated and the Victorian Government says that there is significant market interest in building a light or heavy rail link.

The plan will undertake a detailed assessment of the best route for an airport rail link, how much it would cost and how best to fund and deliver it.

 Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan says having a rail link to the Airport is essential in the long term.

"The plan will look at how we can save money and deliver an airport link sooner by partnering with the private sector," she says.

"A new rail line is a huge investment and needs to be planned properly – that’s what this investment is all about."

"We’re planning for a rail line to the airport while we get on with the project that makes it possible – the Metro Tunnel."

Infrastructure Victoria has identified the need for an Airport Rail Link in 15 to 30 years, and put the price of the project at up to $5 billion.

 The Victorian Government wants to deliver it sooner through the private sector.

Meanwhile, Tourism & Transport Forum chief executive Margy Osmond says improving airport transport options was one of six recommendations the organisation put forward ahead of the Victorian Government’s 2017-18 Budget.

"Tullamarine Airport opened in 1970 - that’s almost half a century of indecision on an airport rail link. It’s time to commit," she says.

"While the Victorian Government’s announcement that it will allocate $10 million to investigate public-private partnership funding and route options for the airport rail link is a good start, the government must commit to staged investment to finally get this project off the ground.

"By 2033, Melbourne Airport is expected to have more than 60 million passenger movements a year, which is more than existing demand for the primary airports of Los Angeles, Paris or Hong Kong.

"Providing critical transport infrastructure to enable the movement of millions of additional visitors around Melbourne and key regional tourist destinations in Victoria is paramount to the continuing success of the visitor economy."


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