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Melbourne Airport Rail Link Business Case

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Transport Mode:Rail
Expected Start/Finish:Late 2017 - TBD
Australian Government Contribution:$30,000,000

Project Description

In the 2017-18 Budget, the Australian Government committed $30 million to progress a business case for a Melbourne Airport Rail Link. The business case will identify the alignment, determine the cost and develop a funding and financing strategy for a new rail link to Melbourne Airport. A joint steering committee has been established to oversee the development of the business case. As agreed by the joint steering committee, the objectives of the business case are:

  • addressing growth pressures in and around Melbourne, including population growth and increasing congestion;
  • ensuring financial and economic sustainability with consideration given to patronage and precinct development;
  • maximising service offerings to passengers through frequent and reliable services and passenger amenity;
  • supporting Victoria’s and Australia’s economic growth by improving access to international and interstate markets;
  • integrating the transport service into the urban and transport network to facilitate broader economic and social development goals for Victoria;
  • catalysing viable urban and economic development opportunities; and
  • maximising other government policy outcomes through options for corridors including with regard to housing affordability, transport mode connections and access to employment.

The business case will be undertaken in two stages. Stage 1 will develop a preliminary business case. The preliminary business case will establish a common evidence base and undertake an options analysis that will explore different corridors and identify a preferred corridor. Stage 2 will develop a detailed business case on the preferred corridor and finalise an alignment. The detailed business case will provide both governments with sufficient evidence to make an informed investment decision.


A new rail link could offer significant advantages to passengers and commuters travelling not only to Melbourne Airport but also the Melbourne CBD and regional Victoria.


The Australian Government is fully funding the preliminary business case with funding for the detailed business case yet to be determined. The Australian Government has committed $30 million to the project.


The preliminary business case commenced on 16 November 2017 and is expected to be completed in late 2018. The detailed business case will commence once both governments agree to the proposal for the detailed business case.

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Project details last updated: 27/03/2018