it will be 10 years and then some before SRL gets anywhere near the airport. MARL will provide 2 tracks to the Airport and if and when SRL ever gets there they will build an additional 2 tracks. Its just clever spin tying MARL up with SRL makes it look like they have built a lot more than they have.Light bulb moment!I assume, with the potential 10 billion (5 from state, 5 from feds) earmarked for Airport rail that they'll just overbuild it to work with the future metro loop (despite both beginning construction at the same time if the government stays in power)
It occurred to me that all the discussion has concentrated on the eastern end of SRL.
What seems missing in discussion is - what about the airport .?
We've all been under the dillusion that MARL is a complementary part, but that's not what the SRL pictures and description show.
According to the lastest "plan", the airport link will go to Sunshine (like MARL) but then goes off westwards.
MEANING, passengers from airport to CBD will have to change train.
Its even more likely for separate lines if SRL is driverless.
No way could it get mixed in with the rest of Metro - unless that is the devious plan all along, make all MM1 ATO
Now we have the answers to how MARL will inter-connect to MM1 or some other path to Melbourne.
Those problems are solved because MARL doesn't go to Melbourne at all.
I'm not always against train change at logical hubs, but is this the greeting we want to give Melbourne visitors?
My head really hurts. Bex please.
2 new tracks from southern cross to sunshine, 4 new tracks from sunshine to airport; airport rail uses existing (by then) HCMTs to run a dedicated airport rail line while the metro duplicates that service on another pair of tracks between the airport and sunshine (interchange) then continues to werribee, while also servicing the rest of the suburban loop to the east of the airport.
MARL track pair 2022
SRL track pair ???