Construction of the new Melbourne Airport Rail will now include a brand new station for residents of Keilor East in the western suburbs of the city.
The new station will, for the first time, connecting more than 150,000 residents of the Moonee Valley town area to the Victoria rail network.
Victoria’s Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan said the project would provide new and improved services to Melbourne residents.
“This is a world-class project for a world-class city – and the addition of this new station will make it even better,” Ms Allan said.
“The new Keilor East station means airport rail will truly be a new rail line for western Melbourne, connecting hundreds of thousands of people to Melbourne’s rail network for the first time.
“This project stacks up. Not only will it better connect Victorians to our city, our suburbs and the world, it will repay every penny invested in opportunities for local workers and businesses.
The business case for the project has also been released, showing that Melbourne Airport Rail will deliver numerous economic and connectivity benefits.
The business case assesses a new elevated station at Melbourne Airport as the best solution for passengers as it will better integrate with the compound and have less impact on planned future developments at the airport. An elevated station will also be faster and more cost effective to deliver and reduce disruption to airport users during construction.
It also offers an elevated rail bridge over the busy M80 motorway and major upgrades to Sunshine station – including a new concourse, upgrades to existing station facilities and car parking.
The state government expects the project to boost Victoria’s gross state product by up to $17.9 billion and create up to 8,000 jobs during construction, with new opportunities for hundreds of apprentices, trainees and cadets through the Government of Victoria’s Major Projects Skills Guarantee.
The airport rail project will also run through Sunshine Station and the Underground Tunnel, maximizing connections to Melbourne’s booming west and south-east and major regional hubs in Victoria, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and Gippsland .