Melbourne Airport to the CBD public transport capacity

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Melbourne Airport to the CBD public transport capacity

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EARLY STAGE PROPOSAL
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POTENTIAL INVESTMENT OPTIONS
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Melbourne Airport to the CBD public transport capacity

A graphic of the Australian continent with shaded State of Victoria, and small dot representing Melbourne.
LOCATION
Melbourne, Vic
GEOGRAPHY
Fast-growing cities
SECTOR
Transport
OUTCOME CATEGORY
Efficient urban transport networks
PROPONENT
Victorian Government
PROBLEM TIMEFRAME
Medium term (5-10 years)
DATE ADDED
17 February 2016
Melbourne Airport to CBD public transport capacity
Problem

The 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit identified the corridor between the Melbourne CBD and Melbourne Airport as one of the most heavily congested in Melbourne. The Tullamarine Freeway was already operating at, or close to, capacity in 2016. Congestion affects traffic in both directions, particularly close to the airport terminal. Analysis completed as part of the Audit estimated that travel times to the airport during peak periods will increase substantially between 2016 and 2031 (even after the current project to widen the freeway is completed).

From 2016 to 2031, travel time by car in the morning peak from the airport to the city is projected to increase by eight minutes, from 52 minutes to 60 minutes, while travel times by car in the evening peak from the city to the airport are projected to increase by 10 minutes, from 42 minutes to 52 minutes.

Melbourne’s population growth, combined with expected growth in passenger numbers at Melbourne Airport, will be key drivers of future congestion on the Melbourne CBD to Melbourne Airport corridor.

Early-stage Proposal

A Strategic Appraisal was completed in mid-2018, which selected the Sunshine Route as the preferred route for a rail link between Melbourne Airport and Melbourne’s CBD, referred to as the Melbourne Airport Rail (MAR). The Victorian Government, together with the Australian Government, has continued planning for the MAR through completion of a business case.

Next Steps

Infrastructure Australia completed a Stage 3 evaluation of the business case on 8 September 2022. The evaluation summary is available at the link below. As a result of that assessment, the proposal has not been progressed on the Infrastructure Priority List at this time.

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