Sunshine route: the way to go?
Addressing our members on 1st August 2018 , Melbourne Airport MD and CEO, Lyell Strambi, stated that although talk about an airport link for our city started in 1965 and much remains to be done, we have never been closer to having a mass transit link to Melbourne Airport.
Last week at our third Airport link forum kindly hosted by member K&L Gates, the Committee discussed the merits of the four proposed routes as well as strategic priorities for delivery with members and stakeholders.
our five guiding principles which the Committee submitted to the Federal and State governments in January this year. Read Lorie's presentation.
Lorie Argus addresses members
Lorie’s address was followed by a panel discussion with K&L Gates’ Zac Kerr and Infranexus (Southern Cross Station) Management’s Colin Chanter. The conversation covered all bases from funding models, to prospects for private sector investment, to the potential for remote check-in facilities.
Committee for Melbourne CEO Martine Letts and panellists
The forum identified the Sunshine route as the preferred option subject to detailed further analysis on project funding and execution to ensure it will provide a world-class solution for Melbourne. Further clarity is needed around:
- travel time and pricing
- adaptability to rapidly changing technology
- flexibility to service the airport’s needs for the long-term
- opportunities to unlock broader benefits for Melbourne and Victoria
'Brand Melbourne' needs this asset – a visitor’s experience and impression of Melbourne starts and ends at the airport.
Read our media release.
View the event photos.
Airport Link: time for action is now
Our Melbourne 4.0 Taskforce identified a high quality, mass transit link to Melbourne Airport as a key contribution to helping solve wider network congestion.
On the 17th November 2017, the Sunday Herald Sun reported on our airport link submission, quoting our CEO Martine Letts who said Melbourne cannot afford to wait another 10 to 15 years for a connection to and from the airport.
Echoing Martine's comments that the time for action is now, Melbourne Airport Chief of Parking and Ground Access Lorie Argus – a panellist during our Airport Link forum which established the five guiding principles for an airport link business case in our submission – pointed out that roads such as the Tullamarine Freeway only delay the inevitable congestion.
Airport link: from concept to commencement forum in October 2017
L to R:
Adam Fennessy, Partner – Advisory, Government and Public Sector, EY; Judi Zielke, Deputy Secretary, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development; Alan Davies, Editor, The Urbanist; Lorie Argus, Chief of Parking and Ground Access, Melbourne Airport.
Committee for Melbourne will continue our advocacy efforts as failure to adequately address the issue now will continue to cost the city. You can read our Airport link: from concept to commencement submission.
Read Martine Letts' OpEd on why Melbourne needs an airport link.