1. the cost of a rail ticket is likely to be exorbitant, since Melbourne Airport’s private operators are likely to impose significant rental charges on any railway station that is built on their land (as has occurred in Sydney);
Raises the question regarding the cost of a rail ticket. Given the link will be in public hands at this point then one should assume MYKI will be the ticket of choice with the only question the Zone. Metro Tickets only now have Zones 1 and 2.
With the question of rental of land in Sydney Airport, Is this true as the station is actually underground. is the rental exorbitant?
Why would this apply to Melbourne Airport?
the rail link is likely to be significantly underutilised, since it is suitable only to tourists and those living in the CBD
The link is almost definitely going to be a heavy rail link so cannot see how this holds true. Changing trains in the loop or at SCS and Flinders Street or even Sunshine for the Metro Tunnel is easily done.
Changing trains at Sunshine and North Melbourne is easily achieved for V/Line services to the West.
the existing SkyBus system could be expanded at much lower cost to taxpayers.
I do not believe this to be a viable comparison.
Melbourne airport rail link another costly waste