The Federal Government has committed $5 billion to Melbourne’s Airport Rail Link, which will connect Melbourne Airport in Tullamarine to Melbourne’s CBD.
In a statement from the Federal Government Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull spoke about the need for this project, which people have been waiting for for 50 years.
“Everybody in Melbourne uses this airport and this will make it possible to get to this airport by train,” Mr Turnbull said.
“The Tullamarine freeway is getting more and more congested. Too many Melburnians and visitors spend too many hours stuck in traffic trying to get to and from this airport,” he said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack also spoke about the need for this project.
“This particular land space that Tullamarine is on is twice as big as Heathrow. We need a vision for the future to make sure that the 34 million passengers using the airport this year, which is going to expand to 60 million and perhaps double in the next 20 years, have a link to the CBD that they so desperately need,” Mr McCormack said.
“This is going to ease congestion. This is going to create jobs. This is an investment for the here and now, but certainly, an investment for the future,
“It is one of the capital cities of the world as far as sporting and culture are concerned and people love coming to Melbourne and they’re going to be loving coming to this airport and then being able to go to the city on this airport link in the future,” he said.
According to Scott Morrison, the Melbourne Airport Rail Link will be the biggest infrastructure commitment in this year's budget.
This is a serious project. Our money is on the table. It is in the Budget and we are looking to form a real and new partnership with the Victorian government to make this happen,” he said.