Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, and Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, signed a joint agreement for Melbourne Airport Rail Link (MARL) project.
The document sets out the strategic objectives, governance arrangements and information sharing processes for the USD 7 billion (AUD 10 billion) joint commitment. “The Rail Link is part of our plan to bust congestion across the city and get people home faster and safer,” Morrison said.
Under the 2018 budget, the Australian government made a USD 3.5 billion (AUD 5 billion) investment in the Melbourne Airport Rail Link, the biggest infrastructure commitment in the Budget. The total cost of the project is estimated to be in the range of USD 5.6 -9 billion (AUD 8-13 billion.
The project would include 27 km of new track to be built between Southern Cross in the CBD via the “super hub” at Sunshine and on to the airport. The construction works would take 6-7 years.
Currently, the process on the business case, the detailed planning, stations’ location, the procurement method, it underway. It will be concluded next year in 2020 and construction will begin in 2022.