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.
During 2018, Rail Projects Victoria tested market interest from across the professional disciplines needed to deliver the Melbourne Airport Rail Link – including design, engineering, construction and finance.
The Victorian Government will now assess the applications from the more than 100 local and global organisations that responded and begin gauging the interest of potential private sector investors and operators.
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.
This decision is consistent with the recommendation of the 2012 Public Transport Victoria study.
Development of the detailed Business Case for the Sunshine Route is now underway, with the project set to begin construction by 2022 subject to required approvals. Construction is expected to take up to nine years.
Technical and commercial advisors
Aurecon Jacobs Mott MacDonald Joint Venture (AJM JV) has been appointed as a technical advisor and KPMG has been appointed as a commercial advisor for the Melbourne Airport Rail Link.
AJM JV has a solid record in major infrastructure projects – having worked on major international projects such as London’s Crossrail, Sydney Metro Northwest and Auckland’s City Rail Link, and as the Technical Advisor for the Metro Tunnel Project.
AJM JV have already started site investigations in the Airport Rail Link corridor as part of early planning work. Ecologists are looking for protected flora and fauna to map the sites. The results from the surveys will be used to support detailed planning and assessments for the Airport Rail Link project.
Next steps include stakeholder engagement work to help inform the Business Case, and detailed planning and development, including investigation of economic, social and environmental impacts and the required statutory approval processes to enable the delivery of the project.
A reference group including community, industry and local government representatives will be established to provide guidance and feedback to the project team as the Business Case is developed.