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Melbourne Airport Rail Link

Connecting Melbourne Airport to all metropolitan and regional rail lines via Sunshine

The Victorian Government has given the green light to progress the detailed Business Case for the Melbourne Airport Rail Link, having selected the Sunshine Route as its preferred route.

This decision is consistent with the recommendation of the 2012 Public Transport Victoria study.

Sunshine Route

Map of the Airport Rail Link preferred route

The Strategic Appraisal found that the Sunshine Route performs better than the Maribyrnong, Flemington and Craigieburn options.

Compared to the other options, the Sunshine Route provides:

  • Superior connections to more areas of Melbourne through its integration with the Metro Tunnel
  • Superior connections to regional Victoria through an upgraded Sunshine interchange
  • Earlier deliverability at a lower cost Combined Relative Benefit and Deliverability.

View the Melbourne Airport Rail Link - Strategic Appraisal (PDF 770KB).

Registration of Interest

Rail Projects Victoria is seeking registrations of interest to develop an understanding of organisations with the requisite experience and capability to assist in the delivery of the Melbourne Airport Rail Link.

These organisations may include:

  • designers, engineers, constructors, rail systems providers, rolling stock providers or other rail infrastructure providers
  • sponsors, investors or financiers
  • major property developers

Organisations that are interested need to download the registration documents (PDF, 353.6 KB) and follow the instructions included.

All registrations of interest are to be lodged at arl-roi@railprojects.vic.gov.au. In order to be considered for future market interactions, respondents are encouraged to submit their responses by 30 November 2018.

Next steps

The selection of the Sunshine Route enables the following next steps:

  • Progress the development of the detailed Business Case for the Sunshine Route
  • Start stakeholder engagement to help inform the Business Case
  • Commence detailed planning and development including investigation of economic, social and environmental impacts
  • Determine the required statutory approval processes to enable the delivery of the MARL.

It is expected the full Business Case will be completed in 2019/20. Construction is set to begin by the end of 2022.

View the Melbourne Airport Rail Link factsheet (PDF 135KB).

Stakeholder consultation, detailed technical planning and development including investigation of economic, social and environmental impacts will now commence.

This will help inform the appropriate planning and approval processes to enable the delivery of the project.

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