Removing 50 dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne
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.
This decision is consistent with the recommendation of the 2012 Public Transport Victoria study.
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.
The selection of the Sunshine Route enables the following next steps:
- Progress the development of the detailed Business Case for the Sunshine Route
- Start stakeholder engagement to help inform the Business Case
- Commence detailed planning and development including investigation of economic, social and environmental impacts
- Determine the required statutory approval processes to enable the delivery of the MARL.
It is expected the full Business Case will be completed in 2019/20. Construction is set to begin by the end of 2022.
The full Melbourne Airport Rail Link Business Case will be completed in 2019/20.
Stakeholder consultation, detailed technical planning and development including investigation of economic, social and environmental impacts will now commence.This will help inform the appropriate planning and approval processes to enable the delivery of the project. Stay updated about the progress of the Airport Rail Link by registering for email updates.
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Swan Street Bridge Upgrade
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Suburban Roads Upgrade
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