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Melbourne’s West must have strong voice in Melbourne Airport Rail Link development

Apr 12, 2018

The peak advocacy group for Melbourne’s West, LeadWest, welcomes the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s new commitment of funding for a Melbourne Airport Rail Link and proposal of four routes.

LeadWest Board member and Chair of the Western Transport Alliance, Cr Jonathon Marsden, says that it is critical that Melbourne’s West gets a prominent voice in the planning process.

“A rail link between Melbourne Airport and the CBD is a critical transport project for the whole of Melbourne – but it is especially important for Melbourne’s West.

“We are pleased to see that the four route options proposed by the Prime Minister all include stops in the West. It is vital that our region has access to the rail link, and that it isn’t just an express line from the CBD to the airport.

“The West is also a key connection point for transport into Victoria’s regions, so accessible and well-connected stops in the West will benefit the whole state.

“Now that work on this project is gathering pace, we call on the Commonwealth and Victorian governments to commit publicly to giving our region a say in the planning process.

“As all four routes will pass through our region, it’s critical that local leaders and members of our community are given a strong voice in the development of the project.”

 LeadWest has set out a number of principles that it wants incorporated in the new airport rail link. These are:

  1. The planning process for the rail link must consider and involves Melbourne’s West communities.
  2. We need more direct bus links and better active transport links from Western suburbs direct to airport – in addition to and ahead of the opening of new rail link.
  3. The rail link should be a fast CBD-to-airport connection, but with at least one stop in the West.
  4. There must be regular and reliable public transport connections from Western suburbs into the rail link.
  5. The rail link must provide equitable access to airport employees, over half of whom live in the West.
  6. The rail link must connect seamlessly to metro and regional public transport – ideally via stops in the West.
  7. The rail link should not create any negative impacts on existing transport infrastructure in the West.
  8. Negative impacts on communities in the West (via noise, disruption or pollution) must be minimised as much as possible.
More information is available in LeadWest's full policy proposal.


Ben Bowring

Ph: 0435 423 824


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