The Victorian and Australian governments have reached an agreement to construct the Melbourne Airport Rail Link which will connect Victoria’s regional and metropolitan rail networks to the airport for the first time.
Melbourne Airport Rail will see 10-minute turn-up-and-go services running from Melbourne Airport through the heart of the city.
This will create direct connections to key sites including Melbourne University, the Parkville medical precinct, Melbourne Central and Flinders Street stations and the St Kilda Road business precinct.
Construction will begin in 2022, with a target completion date for Melbourne Airport Rail of 2029 – subject to the business case and relevant Victorian and Federal planning, environmental and other government approvals.
Further to this, Victorian Budget 2020-21 provides $2 billion towards Stage One of the Geelong Fast Rail project, which includes a new dedicated express track that will create a faster route for Geelong services.
The project will deliver passengers faster journeys between Geelong and Melbourne, with a travel time of around 50 minutes.
Construction of Geelong Fast Rail is expected to be underway from 2023, subject to relevant planning, environmental and government approvals.
The Budget also provides $2.2 billion for initial and early works on Stage One of the Suburban Rail Loop project to run between Cheltenham and Box Hill.
The project will eventually link every major train line between Frankston and Werribee via Melbourne Airport.
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