Victorians have been given new updates on the progress of the Melbourne Rail Project, with initial plans for the design of the Rail’s being made available to the public. Included in the proposed plans are the soon-to-be second-highest bridge in the city, as the Victorian and Federal governments make progress on delivering the long-awaited airport rail line.
The concept designs for a new rail bridge over the Maribyrnong River and elevated twin tracks between Sunshine and the Albion Junction were released by the Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher and Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan.
The new bridge will be 50 metres high, 550 metres long and built alongside the existing heritage-listed rail bridge over the Maribyrnong River.
Once operational, the airport trains running between Sunshine and Albion Junction will travel on new elevated twin tracks before descending and continuing at ground level together with the existing freight line through Sunshine and Airport West towards Melbourne Airport.
“Works from Sunshine to Albion will form an important part of Melbourne Airport Rail, with Sunshine becoming a key station for airport services and other regional and metro lines.
“These improvements will make travelling through Sunshine easier, as the number of trains and passengers increases following the completion of projects such as the new Metro Tunnel, Sunbury Line Upgrade and Melbourne Airport Rail,” Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said.
Both the federal and state governments have committed up to $5 billion each for the construction of the project.
Minister Fletcher said tourists visiting the state will be able to get from the airport to regional Victoria in a hassle-free way – meaning more visitors and jobs for the regions.
“We know how long people have been waiting to see Melbourne Airport Rail become a reality, and these concept designs show just how much progress is happening on this transformational project,” Minister Fletcher said.
“The Morrison Government is pleased to announce that this major investment is expected to deliver approximately 8,000 construction jobs, and give Melbourne and greater Victoria a state-of-the-art airport connection.”
The project is set to start construction in early 2022, pending all relevant approvals.
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