UPDATE: Melbourne Airport Rail Link Project

UPDATE: Melbourne Airport Rail Link Project

Location  Melbourne, VIC.
 Project Manager  To be announced
 Project Owner  To be announced
 Budget $3.6 billion
 Stage  Publicly announced
 Commencement 2016
 Jobs  Up to an estimated 23,000 jobs by 2033

The State Government of Victoria have committed to the planning and building of a new airport rail link in its upcoming state budget after almost a decade of debate.
Melbourne Airport is located in Victoria, Australia. It is one of Australia’s major international entry points and caters for over 28 million air passengers each year.

This new, electrified rail link will replace Melbourne’s SkyBus, and in turn will see services leaving every 10 minutes from Southern Cross Station to Melbourne Airport.

It will be no longer than 19 km long, meaning it will take less than 25 minutes, which in turn will a shorter commute than our current form of public airline transportation, The Melbourne SkyBus.

This will be to cater for over 60 million passengers who are set to travel in the next 20 years, a significant growth in comparison to previous years.

This project is estimated to cost up to $3.6 billion dollars. $6.5 million dollars was allocated from the 2012 state budget, but we’ve only received a 2% funding in the following years.

Who will build this project is still yet to be announced. However, a detailed design and plan is currently being commenced to identify whether a Metropolitan or Vline route would be more subjective.

This will open up a world of opportunities for job seekers. Melbourne Airport itself generates approximately 14,300 direct jobs and 43,000 indirect jobs, making the site and surrounding areas an important employment cluster for people living in the surrounding local government areas.

With this project in place, the employment for the Melbourne Airport and surrounding areas is projected grow to a whopping 23,000 direct jobs.

The final design for this project will be completed in the next 18 months, pre-production in 2017 and the construction of the full project to be started at the end of 2018.

Although the rail way line is estimated to finish in 2026, the project itself will not begin operation until the estimated year of 2033.

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