The $5 billion pledge by the Turnbull Government towards the construction of a Melbourne Airport Rail Link is a positive move which will provide a vital transport link and relieve pressure off the busy Tullamarine Freeway. RACV has long-advocated for an airport rail link, noting Melbourne lags behind Brisbane and Sydney – both cities with airport rail links.
“This project has been proposed for decades and this announcement today brings us the closest we have ever come to seeing this project actually become a reality”, said Bryce Prosser, RACV’s General Manager of Public Policy and Corporate Affairs.
Already in the top 50 busiest airports in the world, Melbourne Airport traffic is set to rapidly grow as Australia’s tourism numbers increase. Without an airport rail link, added pressure will be placed on the already-strained Tullamarine Freeway
“RACV’s recent Growing Pains survey highlighted the pressure Melbourne is under as our city grows by thousands each week. The construction of an Airport Rail Link is a necessity to relieve pressure off the Tullamarine Freeway and give travellers greater choice.”, Mr Prosser said.
With four proposals on the table, RACV encourages the Government to choose an option which will be fast, cost effective and does not put any extra stress on the already strained railway network. It must integrate with housing and employment plans for the western suburbs and enable longer term extensions that will compliment Melbourne’s growth and benefit Victoria’s regional cities.
“To make an airport rail service feasible, it will need to allow for passengers’ luggage and transport passengers between the CBD and the Airport within 30 minutes at an affordable price, with frequent services people can rely on”, Mr Prosser added.