Melbourne Airport Rail
Melbourne Airport Rail is a once-in-a-generation transformation of Victoria’s transport network, connecting Melbourne Airport with a rail service for the first time.
The Victorian Government has given the green light to progress the detailed Business Case for Melbourne Airport Rail, having selected the Sunshine Route as its preferred route.
Development of the detailed Business Case 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.
We are asking you to have your say and would like to hear your thoughts, interests and ideas about the project.
Melbourne Airport Rail will make it easier for people to get to and from the airport. This new link to the airport will deliver the following benefits:
Reduced congestion when travelling to the airport
Passenger numbers at Melbourne Airport are expected to almost double by 2038 to more than 67 million people. Melbourne Airport Rail will help meet this increased demand, alleviating
pressure on our roads.
Sunshine station will be upgraded making it easier for metropolitan and regional passengers travelling to and from the airport.
Support the development of the Sunshine Precinct
The upgraded Sunshine station would support the development of the Sunshine employment and innovation cluster, building upon its well-established facilities and services.
Unlocking future growth
Melbourne Airport Rail has the potential to unlock further growth in western and northern Victoria by creating extra capacity on congested rail corridors, meaning faster and more frequent train services to regional centres and regional Victoria.
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.
This decision is consistent with the recommendation of the 2012 Public Transport Victoria study.
We are currently undertaking early investigations. These investigations help us understand current conditions within and adjacent to the rail corridor. These early investigations include:
- Flora and fauna
- Cultural and historic heritage
- Geotechnical investigations
- Utility surveys and inspections
- Traffic surveys
This information combined with input from the stakeholders and the community will inform the initial planning and design.
During 2018, Rail Projects Victoria tested market interest from across the professional disciplines needed to deliver Melbourne Airport Rail – including design, engineering, construction and finance.
We are now assessing 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.
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.
AJM JV has 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.
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- Melbourne Airport Rail - Strategic Appraisal (PDF, 749.5 KB)
- Melbourne Airport Rail fact sheet - May 2019 (PDF, 505.5 KB)