Before construction of a major infrastructure project can commence, investigations and planning activities are undertaken to help inform project designs and decision making.

Site investigations

Investigation activities currently underway to help us understand existing conditions include:

  • identifying existing utilities and drainage infrastructure
  • flora and fauna studies
  • cultural heritage studies
  • examining current transport network operations (road, rail, cycling, pedestrian)
  • geotechnical conditions.

Stakeholder and community engagement

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:

  • letters to residents and businesses adjacent to the rail line between Sunshine Station and Melbourne Airport
  • notifications regarding early site investigations
  • stakeholder meetings
  • an online community survey
  • information pop-ups to raise awareness of the project.

Planning and design work

Our teams are working hard behind the scenes, using information obtained from site investigation and engagement activities to continue developing project designs.

Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act

The Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act came into operation on 1 November 2009. The Acting Premier of Victoria declared the Melbourne Airport Rail project and appointed the Minister for Transport Infrastructure to be the Project Minister on 3 June 2021. The project was declared for the purpose of applying the delivery powers under the Act (ie. excluding Parts 3 and 8 of the Act).