The world’s leading cities have high quality direct (public) transport links to their airports. Melbourne does not.
Appropriate options are available. They should be assessed as a matter of priority, particularly in the context of having a strong regional, interstate and global link as well as improving Melbourne’s international image.
On 14 March, 2019 we hosted a forum to address the recently confirmed Melbourne Airport Rail Link.
Comprising IFM Investors, Melbourne Airport, Southern Cross Station and Metro Trains Australia, the new AirRail Melbourne consortium has officially confirmed a partnership with the Victorian and Federal Governments to deliver the Melbourne Airport Rail Link. With their project commitment of $5 billion, which matches the $5 billion commitments made by the State and Federal governments, that builds on the preferred route of both Governments; delivering a world-class link via Sunshine.
AirRail Melbourne will warrant serious consideration by the State and Federal Governments.
They promise to deliver:
Train services every 10 minutes, every day of the year
- Reliable travel times under 20 minutes
- Fair ticket prices
- Custom-built airport trains on dedicated tracks
After consulting members, and key stakeholders, Committee for Melbourne has taken the position of supporting the design, planning, and construction of a rail link between Melbourne’s CBD and Melbourne Airport, via Sunshine. This support is subject to further detailed analysis confirming that a rail service via the Sunshine route will be fast, reliable, and competitive, and has the capacity to unlock broader benefits for Melbourne and Victoria.
The full position paper can be read here.
At an event hosted member K&L Gates on the 1 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.
The Committee also 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.
The discussion 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.
Pictured: 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.
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 17 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.