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Melbourne Airport welcomes commitment to rail link

Melbourne Airport says it welcomes the Victorian government’s commitment to an airport rail link in this year’s state budget.

Victorian Premier, Denis Napthine, yesterday revealed plans to build the electrified rail link from Southern Cross Station to the gateway.

Melbourne Airport Acting CEO, Adam Watson, explains it is a great solution for Melbourne and will provide more options and further convenience for Victorians and tourists travelling to and from the airport.

“Getting our passengers, visitors and staff to and from the airport precinct in a timely and efficient way is becoming increasingly important as our airport grows.

“The construction of an airport rail link, along with the widening of the Tullamarine Freeway to three lanes, are critical projects to support the airport’s growth into the future.

“An airport rail link will not only cement Victoria’s status as a premier international tourist destination, but will also help ease congestion on our roads,” Watson says.

Watson adds the rail link will play a vital role in setting the tone for visitor experiences in and around Melbourne.

“As the gateway to Victoria, the proposed railway system from Melbourne Airport will be an important part in connecting visitors to our great city and state.

“To ensure Melbourne and Victoria continue to be considered as a premier tourist destination it is important for the government to have visitor experience at the forefront of their mind when planning for this new rail link,” Watson explains.

In 2013, Melbourne Airport welcomed more than 30 million passengers, with the number expected to grow to 60 million by 2033.

To manage growing traveller numbers, Melbourne Airport has started work on its largest transformation since it opened more than 40 years ago, involving an investment of around A$10 billion over the next 20 years.

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