Melbourne Airport Rail, Australia

Transforming the movement of passengers in and out of Melbourne Airport with a new rail connection

In Victoria, Australia, the biggest transport construction program in the State’s history is underway. Victoria’s Big Build is a program of major rail, road, tunnel and active transport upgrades to the State’s transport network, creating tens of thousands of jobs.

Rail Projects Victoria is the Victorian Government body responsible for the delivery of Melbourne Airport Rail, the Metro Tunnel Project, Regional Rail Revival, Sunbury Line Upgrade and the Western Rail Plan.

Aurecon, in joint venture with Jacobs and Mott MacDonald, is providing technical advice, planning and detailed investigation services to Rail Projects Victoria for Melbourne Airport Rail’s detailed planning and development stage.

The joint venture has completed a similar role on the Metro Tunnel Project, and is currently undertaking work on the Geelong Fast Rail and Regional Rail Revival projects, under the rail infrastructure program.

Transforming airport and city connections

Anticipating that more than 67 million passengers a year will use Melbourne Airport by 2038, the Victorian Government has given the green light to progress the planning and development of Melbourne Airport Rail, having announced the route for the project, which will run via Sunshine and through the Metro Tunnel.

The joint venture has commenced detailed planning and development. Environmental, ecological, social and geotechnical site investigations are underway as part of the early planning works. Investigations will be used to support the detailed planning and engineering design for the project.

Construction of Melbourne Airport Rail is set to begin in 2022 with a target opening date of 2029, subject to relevant State and Federal planning, environmental and other government approvals.

As the next step in the huge overhaul of the Victorian public transport network, the project will transform the movement of air travellers in and out of Melbourne Airport, with airport services to travel between Melbourne Airport, Sunshine and the heart of Melbourne’s CBD via the Metro Tunnel.

Images courtesy of Rail Projects Victoria.

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