With the opening of the Registration of Interest (ROI), the Victorian Government has announced the beginning of market engagement for Melbourne Airport Rail Link.
The ROI will help government assess which organisations have the experience and capability to help bring the project to fruition, as well as gauging the interest of potential private sector investors and operators.
“The search is on to find the best providers to develop a world-class airport rail link – that won’t only connect the CBD and the airport but deliver massive benefits to regional Victoria,” Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said.
Rail Projects Victoria will lead the global registration of interest for organisations interested in the future development of the Airport Rail Link. The search includes designers, engineers, rail systems providers, rolling stock providers, investors, financiers, developers and other rail infrastructure providers.
The government has committed up to AUD 5 billion (USD 3.56 billion) to the project, which will run from the CBD to the airport via Sunshine and AUD 300 million (USD 213.8 million) for the business case.
The full Business Case is currently underway in partnership with the Commonwealth, with the project set to begin construction by 2022, under a re-elected Labor Government.
The Melbourne Airport Rail Link will also form the north-western section of the Suburban Rail Loop, an underground rail network forming a circle around Melbourne’s suburbs