Before construction of a major infrastructure project can commence, investigations and planning activities are undertaken to help inform project designs and decision making.
Investigation activities currently underway to help us understand existing conditions include:
Ongoing community engagement will play an integral role in shaping Melbourne Airport Rail, and we want you to have your say.
We have been engaging with stakeholders and the community since 2018 to understand how Melbourne Airport Rail might affect stakeholders, businesses and the local community located along the route and how the project can best manage construction and operational changes.
Engagement to date has included:
As part of planning for Melbourne Airport Rail, Rail Projects Victoria is seeking a range of Victorian and Commonwealth planning, environment and other statutory approvals.
This is because the Melbourne Airport Rail route includes State land and Commonwealth land at the airport.
To date, we’ve progressed several of these approvals including receiving guidance from the Victorian Minister for Planning to apply for planning approval on State land using a tailored provision (Clause 52.36 of the planning schemes), as well as guidance from Federal departments following submissions under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
We are continuing to refine detailed assessments on potential impacts more broadly along the route, as well as progressing community and stakeholder engagement to inform these planning and environmental approvals.
Learn more about planning approvals.
The existing bridge over the Maribyrnong River, locally known has the Albion Viaduct, has heritage significance and is noted on the Victorian Heritage Register.
As part of Melbourne Airport Rail, there is a proposal construct a new rail bridge adjacent to the Albion Viaduct.
Rail Projects Victoria has submitted a Heritage Permit application to Heritage Victoria in April 2022 seeking to construct this new rail bridge.
Heritage Victorian is currently assessing this application under Section 93 of the Heritage Act 2017 for a permit for works to construct a new railway bridge adjacent to the Albion Viaduct, and feedback on this application is currently open to public comment.
Our teams are working hard behind the scenes, using information obtained from site investigation and engagement activities to continue developing project designs.