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THE State Government faces a renewed push for a Melbourne airport rail link amid rapid population growth and growing congestion on the Tullamarine Freeway.
The favoured route is along the so-called Flemington Link corridor involving extension of the racecourse rail line to include new stations at Highpoint, the former Maribyrnong defence site, Keilor East and other locations.
The former Napthine government promised to build an airport rail link along the Albion East alignment, but Labor shelved the proposal and prioritised the Melbourne Metro rail project.
Moonee Valley Council wants the Municipal Association of Victoria state council to lobby the government to reconsider a link via Flemington.
In a motion to be considered on Friday, the council stated trips to and from the airport were growing rapidly with the annual number of airline passengers expected to double to 64 million by 2033.
A trip between the CBD and the airport would be 20 minutes, compared with 30 minutes for the Albion East route, the council said, and that population growth would further justify the new stations.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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