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Victorian Chamber Welcomes $5 billion Melbourne Airport Rail Link Contribution

The Victorian Chamber welcomes the Turnbull Government’s $5 billion funding commitment to bring forward the construction of a Melbourne Airport rail link. 

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Executive Director Dugald Murray said a Melbourne Airport rail link has been a longstanding priority of the Victorian Chamber.

“The airport rail link will reduce congestion at the airport and on the Tullamarine Freeway, stimulate economic growth in residential and commercial corridors between the city and Melbourne Airport and help move tourists to metro and regional tourism attractions,” he said.

Melbourne Airport is Australia’s second busiest airport with 35 million passenger movements per annum, growing to 65 million by 2033.

Mr Murray said that while further work is needed to determine what route the new line takes, direct links to the Geelong and Ballarat rail lines should be non-negotiable.

“Connecting with the Geelong and Ballarat rail lines is essential if regions are going to play a bigger part in catering for Victoria’s booming population,” he said.

Today’s announcement by Prime Minister Turnbull builds on the planning work already commenced by the Victorian Government and announced by Premier Andrews at the Victorian Chamber’s 2017 Victoria Summit

“It is encouraging to see the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments working together on this important project and their openness to private sector involvement in the design and delivery of the link,” Mr Murray said.

The Victorian Chamber will continue to advocate for the other significant infrastructure investments outlined in its 2018 Election priorities, Stronger Business, Stronger Victoria. These include the North East and East West links, Melbourne Metro 2 and a range of projects key to growing regional jobs, trade and liveability.