Melbourne to Tullamarine Airport Rail Link one step closer with $30 million business case funding
11 May 2017
The Turnbull Government has committed $30 million to develop a rail link between the CBD of Melbourne and Tullamarine Airport.
Such a link is critical to the effective functioning of Melbourne’s transport system as the city continues to grow strongly.
This $30 million of funding will be used in planning for this connection, including identifying an appropriate route, determining the cost, and developing a funding and financing strategy.
This work will be completed in cooperation with the Victorian Government and with relevant private sector organisations.
Tullamarine Airport is Australia’s second busiest, with 34 million passengers in 2016. The airport is expecting strong growth, with passenger numbers expected to rise to 60 million by 2030. Melbourne is the fastest growing city in Australia.
A rail connection to Melbourne Airport could offer significant advantages to passengers and commuters, and improve the reliability and frequency of trips between the city and the airport.
In Australia, Sydney and Brisbane Airports have a rail connection to the city and there is a rail line presently under construction between Perth Airport and the city.
The Tullamarine Freeway, the main road connection to the airport, is already one of the most heavily congested roads in Melbourne carrying 210,000 vehicles per day in its busiest section. A rail line will alleviate congestion on this crucial arterial road and unlock capacity for the growing population in Melbourne’s north-west.
The planning work may explore whether the rail line could continue beyond the airport, opening up new areas for affordable housing, with the benefit of fast connections to jobs in and around both the airport and CBD.
The route, design, number of stops, operating model and other characteristics of the service will be determined during the planning process, which will include a comprehensive community consultation undertaking.
The Turnbull Government will work with the Victorian Government to explore further funding for this transformational project from the $10 billion National Rail Program announced in this year’s budget.
The Turnbull Government’s commitment to Tullamarine Rail Link sits alongside a $500 million regional rail investment in Victoria in the 2017-18 budget under an unprecedented $75 billion national infrastructure investment.