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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.

Project benefits

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.

Easier access

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.

Map of the Airport Rail Link preferred route

Findings of the Strategic Appraisal

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.

Early investigations

We are currently undertaking early investigations. These investigations help us understand current conditions within and adjacent to the rail corridor.

This information combined with input from the stakeholders and the community will inform the initial planning and design.

Early investigations include:
  • Flora and fauna
  • Cultural and historic heritage
  • Geotechnical investigations
  • Utility surveys and inspections
  • Traffic surveys

Registration of interest

Rail Projects Victoria is seeking registrations of interest from suitably experienced and qualified respondents who may be interested in tendering for (or providing finance in relation to) the Melbourne Airport Rail.

Organisations that are interested in participating in tendering for the Melbourne Airport Rail are encouraged to register their interest.

Responses to this ROI should be provided in accordance with the information outlined in the ROI Response Schedule (PDF, 353.6 KB). No other information is to be submitted.

Responses to this ROI are to be submitted by email to ARL-ROI@railprojects.vic.gov.au.

Respondents may submit their responses at any stage from the release of this ROI.

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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