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Melbourne Airport Rail Link

Funding Program:National Rail Program
Status:In planning
Transport Mode:Rail
Expected Start/Finish:2022 - TBC
Australian Government Contribution:$5,030,000,000

Project Description

The Melbourne Airport Rail Link will provide a rail service for passengers travelling between Melbourne Airport and the Melbourne CBD.


The Melbourne Airport Rail Link will improve the performance of critical transport links to Melbourne Airport and in Melbourne’s north-west, and improve track capacity between Sunshine and Melbourne CBD.

It will improve connectivity to Melbourne’s north-west and will also support access to more affordable housing and land for commercial development, improving the availability of jobs locally.

The Melbourne Airport Rail Link will transport thousands of passengers each day, reducing congestion and travel times for motorists, particularly those using the Tullamarine Freeway.


The Australian Government has committed up to $5 billion towards construction of a rail link to Melbourne Airport. This funding is to be equally matched by the Victorian Government. The Australian Government has allocated up to $2.5 billion from the National Rail Program and up to $2.5 billion from the Infrastructure Investment Program. This funding is in addition to the $30 million committed by the Australian Government to develop the Business Case.


The Preliminary Business Case for the project was completed in August 2018. The Detailed Business Case is expected to be completed in 2020, with construction expected to commence in 2022.

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Project details last updated: 3/04/2019