Melbourne’s new airport rail line will include a brand-new station in Keilor East when the Melbourne Airport Line opens in 2029.
The Victorian and Australian governments will build a new station in Keilor East as part of the Melbourne Airport Rail project – linking more than 150,000 residents in the City of Moonee Valley area to Victoria’s rail network for the first time.
The Business Case for the project was also released, showing Melbourne Airport Rail will deliver wide-ranging economic and connectivity benefits.
Not only will the new line take passengers from the CBD to the airport in around 30 minutes, but it will also run through Sunshine Station and the Metro Tunnel – maximising connections to Melbourne’s booming west and south-east, and Victoria’s major regional centres of Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and Gippsland.
“The new station at Keilor East means airport rail will truly be a new rail line for Melbourne’s west, connecting hundreds of thousands of people to Melbourne’s train network for the first time,” says Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan.
“This project stacks up. Not only will it better connect Victorians to our city, our suburbs and the world – it will repay every cent invested in opportunities for local workers and businesses,” says Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan.
Trains on the new airport rail line will provide a ‘turn up and go’ service, with trains every 10 minutes. Thirty stations across Melbourne – from as far away as Cranbourne and Pakenham – will directly connect to the airport via the Metro Tunnel, and passengers from most other stations in Victoria will only need to change trains once.
The project is expected to increase Victoria’s Gross State Product by up to $17.9 billion. The project will create up to 8,000 jobs during construction and opportunities for hundreds of apprentices, trainees and cadets through the Victorian Government’s Major Project Skills Guarantee.
“We’re proud to partner with the Victorian Government to deliver this landmark project– which will improve Victoria’s transport network and create thousands of jobs,” says Acting Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Julie Collins.
The Business Case assesses a new elevated station at Melbourne Airport as the best solution for passengers as it will better integrate with the precinct and have fewer impacts on planned future developments at the airport. An elevated station will also be quicker and more cost-effective to deliver and reduce disruption to airport users during construction.
It also proposes an elevated rail bridge over the busy M80 Freeway and major upgrades to Sunshine Station – including a new concourse, improvements to existing station facilities, and car parking.
The Victorian and Australian governments have considered the Business Case and have each committed $5 billion in funding for the project.
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