Key themes from Melbourne Airport Rail’s latest community engagement
We asked, you answered: connectivity, aesthetics and environmental conservation were the key themes emerging from the latest round of Melbourne Airport Rail’s community engagement.
Between July and October 2021, over 18,000 visitors took the opportunity to view concept designs and other project information on the Engage Victoria website, while almost 2500 survey respondents had their say to help input into ongoing planning and design work.
Plans for Sunshine Station and the Albion flyover generated significant interest, with an emphasis on revitalisation and better integration of the local areas, and designs championing the area’s heritage values.
Respondents also called for better and safer walking and cycling connections along the route – something the project is actively delivering, with up to 8km of new or upgraded walking and cycling paths planned between Sunshine and Melbourne Airport.
When surveyed about potential construction impacts, preservation of local flora and fauna – particularly around the new Maribyrnong River Bridge – and minimising construction noise and dust were front of mind.
Impacts such as traffic congestion and detours were also raised as concerns, particularly in relation to the construction of the new rail bridge over the Western Ring Road (M80) – the proposed design seeking to minimise the severity, duration and number of closures required.
The feedback received will be considered as part of the ongoing planning work for Melbourne Airport Rail and will be shared with potential construction bidders.
View the full report from our most recent round of engagement.
We are continuing to invite feedback on planning and environmental matters, managing construction impacts, and walking and cycling.