Tullamarine airport rail link front and centre of Federal budget plans

May 22, 2018 by  

Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport is a step closer to getting a dedicated rail link following the recent Federal Government budget, which sets aside $5bn for the long-awaited project as part of a major infrastructure spending announcement.

The Government will also help fund a $40m business case investigation into which of three options for the rail link’s route is most optimal. In each case, the area along the chosen route is expected to see economic and community growth, which would be a benefit to local business card printing services.

The two most likely candidates for the final route are via Sunshine in Melbourne’s west or via the major shopping precinct of Highpoint and nearby Maribyrnong. A third choice of a connection between the existing Craigieburn line and the airport is considered unlikely as existing heavy use along the route may impact the need for frequent regular services.

The aim of the rail link is to get travellers from the CBD to Tullamarine in 15 minutes, with trains running as frequently as every 10 minutes. It may even be possible to move passengers from the regional city of Geelong to the airport in as little as 45 minutes.

Currently, flyers who are not using a personal car to get to Tullamarine airport have to choose between getting a taxi or one of several dedicated bus services.