The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) commends the Prime Minister for announcing yesterday that the Commonwealth will pledge $5 billion towards funding a Melbourne Airport Rail Link to Melbourne’s CBD.

“A rail link between Melbourne Airport and the CBD is vital. The ARA is of the view that any proposed route will need to consider the highest frequency for commuters, journey time so it is to compete with other modes of travel and be accessible to commuters who travel to large regional centres, including Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo,” said ARA CEO, Danny Broad.

“Infrastructure Australia has already identified the corridor between Melbourne CBD and the Melbourne Airport as one of the most congested and one where the Tullamarine Freeway is already at capacity.

“With Melbourne’s population forecast to reach 8 million by 2051 and the increase in international and interstate travellers, it is important for the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments to act now.

“The rail corridor between the Melbourne Airport to CBD was identified by Infrastructure Australia as a priority initiative and the rail industry and the Victorian community are ready for this investment – The time is now,” concluded Danny Broad.