Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Airport Rail Link planning takes off

Media Release


22 November 2017

Joint release with:

Paul Fletcher

Minister for Urban Infrastructure

Plans are underway to give Melbourne the world-class airport rail link it deserves, with the Australian and Victorian governments meeting today to brief key industry and community stakeholders on the project.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester and Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher joined state representatives to meet with industry and local government to discuss the Melbourne Airport rail link business case.

The Australian Government has allocated $30 million in the Federal Budget to develop the Tullamarine Airport Rail Link business case.

Mr Chester said the business case would look at potential corridors for the rail link, existing and future rail upgrades across the metropolitan network, and proposals from private industry.

“The Australian Government is delivering a record $20 billion investment in rail. We are getting on with the job of delivering this vital rail link between Australia's second busiest airport and the city with $30 million already set aside in the Budget,” Mr Chester said.

Mr Fletcher said planning work on the project was part of the Australian Government's record $75 billion investment in infrastructure with the airport link set to benefit local communities as well as airport travellers.

“Melbourne Airport rail is a missing link in the urban transport network in Victoria. Sydney has a rail connection between the airport and the city, Brisbane has one, Perth is building one—a city of the scale and importance of Melbourne deserves such a connection and that's why the Turnbull Government is getting this important process underway,” Mr Fletcher said.

The Victorian community and industry stakeholders will be consulted throughout the business case process.

The study will build on previous studies to examine potential transport improvements for Melbourne Airport, along with new detailed transport planning and analysis.

The business case will ensure the Melbourne Airport Rail Link:

  • addresses network pressures in and around Melbourne, including population growth and increasing congestion
  • ensuring financial and economic sustainability of the rail link
  • maximising benefits for passengers through frequent and reliable services and improved amenity, and
  • integrating the rail link into the urban and transport network
  • The business case will be delivered in two stages, with a preliminary business case to be completed in 2018 for consideration by both governments, ahead of a detailed business case being prepared on the preferred alignment