World news – AU – Melbourne Airport trains run through the metro tunnel every 10 minutes


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Airport train services will run every 10 minutes through the new metro tunnel, taking tens of millions of passengers annually less than 30 minutes to- and from central Melbourne under the much-awaited road for the rail project to be unveiled today Saturday.

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews and Prime Minister Scott Morrison finally unveiled the $ 8 to $ 13 billion Melbourne airport railway after more than 50 years of debate. It will include plans for 12 kilometers of the new route on the Geelong Line, between Werribee and Laverton, to enable more frequent and faster services from the city’s thriving outer western suburbs.. The two governments pledged $ 5 billion each for the project.

The route was chosen ahead of a $ 7 billion proposal from the private sector, which included a dedicated rail tunnel at the airport between the city and Sunshine that supporters argued would have enabled express services to the airport and regions.

Under the final route, airport trains will run along new routes from the airport to Sunshine and continue down town through the new metro tunnel and into the southeastern suburbs via the Cranborn and Buckingham lines..

More than 30 stations across the network will allow passengers to take a direct flight to the airport without changing services, while the vast majority of passengers will have one transfer from the nearest station to them..

Airport tickets will be integrated into the existing system, with the state government estimating they will cost around $ 19. 50 SkyBus tickets that will be paid for on your Myki Card.

In an effort to boost the Victorian economy after the recession caused by COVID-19, planned construction will begin as soon as 14 months later, creating an estimated 8,000 jobs and aiming to be fully operational by 2029, pending a feasibility study and planning Requirements.

Passengers from the regional hubs of Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo will travel to the airport via one intersection at Sunshine, while passengers will be delivered from Gippsland through a single exchange at a selection of locations along the Cranborne and Buckingham lines.

Passengers on all loop trains will be able to call the airport trains on Flinders Street and Melbourne Central. The services will operate the new high-capacity metro trains to the airport, in place of the airport’s dedicated fleet.

Morrison, who is under quarantine at Kirribilli House in Sydney after a two-day trip to Japan, said when completed, the connection will reduce travel times, reduce congestion and be a major boost to the economy.

“Connecting the airport is a nationally important project, and the Victorians waited a long time for it to become a reality,” he said.

Mr. Andrews said: « This project has been talked about for a long time. It is the key to our recovery and this determination means it will benefit all residents of Victoria. ». .

“As we continue our recovery, we need a long-term plan. We need a range of jobs for Victorians who are looking for work now, and for those who will need jobs in the future. We said that we will implement this project, and keep our promise.

He said that « express operation services » that take 10 minutes from the airport will extend through the heart of the city, providing direct connections to major sites including the University of Melbourne, Parkville Medical District, Melbourne Central, Flinders Street stations and the St Kilda Road business district.

In August last year, The Age revealed that the government plans to abandon an expensive airport rail tunnel and run airport trains along existing tracks instead.. . The Age also revealed that the trains will likely run through the subway tunnel and has revealed plans to run Geelong express trains via Werribee and via Metro Tunnel 2 – which appears to be the government’s current plan..

Under the route, journeys to the airport take a half hour or less to the new Metro Tunnel stations – 27 minutes to the New State Library Station, 24 minutes to Parkville, 22 minutes to Arden Station, 29 minutes to Town Hall and 32 minutes From the Anzac station.

It will take 18 minutes to reach current Footscray Station, 11 minutes to the upgraded Sunshine Station, 42 minutes to Caulfield, and 60 minutes to Clayton.

This compares to SkyBus services that run every 10 minutes from Southern Cross to the airport, taking 28-32 minutes during the peak and 23 minutes on average.

The final route means governments have not accepted a private sector bid of up to $ 7 billion to build a seven-kilometer tunnel from Southern Cross to West Footscray, which would have seen airport trains run every 10 minutes with 20-minute journeys..

The consortium led by the mega-fund giant IFM Investors, which includes Melbourne Airport, Southern Cross Station and Metro Trains, was told Friday that the market-led proposal that was first floated in 2018 was not moving forward..

A spokesperson for IFM Investors said they were disappointed with the proposal being rejected, but committed to continuing to work with both levels of government « to increase retirement savings for millions of Australian workers ».

Victoria’s Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Alan said that the airport railway operation through the Sunshine means that the majority of Victoria’s population can reach the airport by rail, as quickly as possible.

« This will give Victoria’s residents the fastest and most direct trip to the airport via the metro tunnel, which will provide more trains, often, ».

She said the final route provided the best possible integration with the existing network, including a future suburban railway loop and paved the way for future improvements to the capital’s regional and western lines.

The goal of Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge has always been to deliver a fast, affordable railway and be built as quickly as possible.

« For those in the southeast, that means a trip to the airport without changing trains, and for others there is only one change, » he said.

The project will also include Geelong line upgrades, allowing for a 50-minute commute from the city. This includes 12 kilometers of new track between Werribee and Laverton and a plan to run Geelong Trains through Werribee, to revive an old Geelong Trail route.

The Geelong upgrades indicate that the government eventually plans to operate the Geelong express trains via Melbourne Metro 2 – another underground train tunnel that has been planned but is not committed to connecting Newport and Clifton Hill via Fisherman’s Bend.

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Rob Harris is National Affairs Editor for Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, based at Parliament House in Canberra.

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