Airport rail link must link with local transport


Brimbank Council will write to the Victorian Premier in support of the planned development of a Melbourne Airport Rail Link and investment in train services in Melbourne’s west.

Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said an airport link with a stop at Sunshine would deliver significant economic benefits to Brimbank and surrounds – but well-planned integration with roads and public transport would be critical to its success.

“This transformational project has the potential to unlock the west – delivering jobs growth and tourism opportunities to boost Brimbank and Melbourne’s west,” Cr Giudice said.

“To achieve this, the airport rail link must be integrated with metropolitan and regional trains – and supported by well-planned bus services.

“We call on the State Government to complete an Integrated Transport Plan for Melbourne’s West – one that will allow for comprehensive planning at a local level.

“Council will continue to advocate for improved public transport services in Brimbank and the west, and in particular additional bus services to assist in managing growth and pressures on the current public transport system and road network.

“It is also imperative that communities in Melbourne’s west are consulted to ensure that the design and construction of this project is sensitive to the needs of local residents and businesses.”

Council will write to the Premier, the Hon. Daniel Andrews MP, to support the development and request the State Government develop an Integrated Transport Plan for Melbourne’s West – including sufficient detail to enable integrated transport planning at the local municipal level.

Council will also advise that Brimbank has adopted a set of key principles regarding the Melbourne Airport rail link.

The five key principles are:

  1. Maximum Connectivity – including a stop at Sunshine railway station
  2. Fast, regular service to and from the airport – a train every 10 minutes, day and night
  3. Avoid and minimise negative impacts – such as noise pollution, visual amenity and possible land acquisition
  4. Consultation with local communities – meaningful consultation is imperative
  5. No adverse impacts on existing transport infrastructure – the alignment should not impact on existing transport or limit future public transport, freight or road infrastructure

The principles are in line with the policy adopted by LeadWest, which represents the six councils of the Western Region of Melbourne, including Brimbank.