The federal government pledged $5 billion for a Melbourne Airport Rail link in the May federal budget, and now the Andrews government has agreed to match the figure if Labor is re-elected in Victoria later this year. Victorians are one step closer to being able to catch a train to the airport.
The proposed route will connect trains from the CBD with Melbourne Airport via a new “Sunshine Super Hub”. The hub will connect regional trains to the currently under construction Metro Tunnel and allow for one-change connections to the airport from Geelong and Ballarat.
The Airport Rail Link Business Case produced by the Andrews government shows the Sunshine Route will cost between $8 and $13 billion (private-sector contributions will also be required to fund the project). The full cost of the project won’t be known until 2019, when a full Rail Projects Victoria business case is completed.