Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Melbourne Airport Rail Link to ease congestion, deliver economic growth

The Turnbull Government will build the Melbourne Airport Rail Link, connecting the CBD and Tullamarine Airport for all Victorians and the 34 million people who use the airport every year.

Talk about a rail connection to the Melbourne Airport is as old as the airport itself but through a Commonwealth investment of $5 billion, this nationally significant project will now become reality.

The Turnbull Government will build the Melbourne Airport Rail Link, connecting the CBD and Tullamarine Airport for all Victorians and the 34 million people who use the airport every year.

Talk about a rail connection to the Melbourne Airport is as old as the airport itself but through a Commonwealth investment of $5 billion, this nationally significant project will now become reality.

The time for talk is over. There have been countless reviews, reports and recommendations but Melbourne is still waiting for a service almost all of the world’s great cities take for granted.

This is a truly city-shaping project that will slash travel times, bust congestion, boost the Victorian economy and create thousands of new jobs.

Under our National Economic Plan, the Turnbull Government is investing record funding into infrastructure across Australia because it will help create the more and better paid jobs Australians rely on.

Our $5 billion congestion-busting investment will also help reduce the strain on the Tullamarine Freeway which is one of the busiest roads in Victoria, catering to up to 210,000 vehicles a day. This is the rail link that Melbourne, Victoria and the millions of people who use the Airport every year demand and deserve.

There are several proposed routes which involve above-ground, underground and combined solutions.

The Turnbull Government expects that the results of the business case process, which was initiated in the 2017-18 Budget, will soon provide a clearer picture on the best route, best mode of transport and cost of the project.

We want the Victorian Government to partner with us in a true 50:50 funding partnership to build and own this iconic piece of infrastructure. We also welcome the involvement of the private sector.

Melbourne is the nation’s second busiest airport with forecasts indicating a throughput of 60 million passengers by 2030.

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