Melbourne Airport to support above-ground station for proposed airport rail line

Melbourne, Australia - December 10, 2016: People checking-in on flights in Melbourne airport
Edited by Travel Weekly

    Melbourne Airport will support an above-ground station for the proposed airport rail line to ensure the public transport link is in place for the millions of additional passengers who will use the gateway when the third runway opens in 2042.

    Melbourne Airport CEO Lorie Argus said the airport recognised the need to get on with the rail link in the interests of travellers, the city, Victoria and the airport’s expansion.

    The news comes as 900,000 international passengers travelled through Melbourne Airport last month, setting a new February record.

    Melbourne Airport will spend about $3 billion building the additional north-south runway to accommodate more than 76 million passengers by 2042. It will take more than four years to construct the third runway and employ more than 500 people during construction.

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    “Victorians have waited long enough for an airport rail line,” she said.

    We will work with the Victorian Government to deliver their preferred above-ground station at the airport so the rail line can become reality,” Argus said.

    “With an estimated 45 million travellers a year predicted to be using our airport when the third runway opens, the rail link will support a massive increase in passenger numbers and billions of dollars in additional economic
    activity for Victoria.

    “While Melbourne Airport has consistently advocated for an underground station, we are prepared to compromise on our position to ensure we have more transport options in place for the millions of new passengers that will visit Victoria and the airport precinct’s expanding workforce.

    “The third runway project will allow for the growth of our existing airlines as well as attracting new carriers.

    “There will be fewer delays with an additional runway and more flight options for travellers, putting downward pressure on airfares.”

    Melbourne Airport would welcome the immediate recommencement of discussions with government over the airport station with an initial focus on its design, the sequencing of construction works and redress for the land  required for the above ground option.

    The airport currently welcomes around 100,000 passengers a day and is the largest employment hub outside of the Melbourne CBD. More than 210,000 passengers will use the airport every day in less than 20 years and the expanded airport is forecast to add $5.9 billion to the state economy every year and support 51,000 jobs.

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