A Melbourne Airport Rail Link through Sunshine is the best way to maximise connections with regional Victoria and metro Melbourne – while unlocking the potential in our city’s booming western suburbs.
Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice welcomed comments from airport operator Australian Pacific Airports Corporation that a route through Sunshine was the best way to deliver a “fast, frequent and affordable” airport rail link.
“Only a route through Sunshine can maximise existing rail connections with metro Melbourne and the whole of Western Victoria, by linking with regional rail services from Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong.
“As the best option to connect with Melbourne Metro Rail and Regional Rail Link, it is not surprising that the airport operators have identified Sunshine as the ‘clear front-running route’.
“Brimbank is the heart of Melbourne’s west which will be the size of Adelaide by the 2030s.
“A Sunshine stop would be a game changer for Victoria’s Western Region and for Brimbank – opening up big benefits for metropolitan and regional commuters, and for the booming western suburbs of Melbourne.
“It offers the potential to unlock Melbourne’s West, delivering jobs growth and tourism opportunities to boost Brimbank and Melbourne’s west,” Cr Giudice said.
Brimbank Council has previously welcomed the Federal Government’s $5 billion pledge towards building the long awaited rail link from Melbourne to the Airport along with Premier Daniel Andrews’ support for the rail link to come through Sunshine.
“Council is delighted that Premier Andrews has supported the rail link through Sunshine and recognised the potential for this to significantly improve public transport infrastructure across the West of Melbourne and Victoria,” Cr Giudice said.
Sunshine is only 11km from the Melbourne CBD, so it provides an efficient and cost effective connection to Melbourne Airport in comparison to other route options.
It is essential that the link is integrated with metropolitan and regional trains – and supported by well-planned bus services.
Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said the federal funding commitment would help fast track the much needed rail link.
“This is a hugely exciting project for the west - and for Brimbank - and we want to work together with all levels of government and get this project moving!” Cr Giudice said.
Brimbank Council has asked the Victorian Government to develop an Integrated Transport Plan for Melbourne’s West – one that will allow for comprehensive planning at a local level to maximise the economic, environmental and efficiency benefits of the Melbourne Airport Rail Link.