Public Transport Victoria forum hears call for more Maryborough train services
State Government Commits to Developing Rail Infrastructure for Victoria
Horsham residents to be quizzed about future use of dormant rail corridor land
No choppers here: Malcolm Turnbull takes the train to Geelong
Opposition Leader Matthew Guy backs Melbourne Airport rail link
Jail time for train threats to Vline Staff
Premier Daniel Andrews hears efforts to address Central Goldfields disadvantage, push for more Maryborough trains
The Inland Rail Link Melbourne to Brisbane a Similar Case as the RAA's Bendigo - Geelong Rail Link
North-West Rail Alliance urges more council support amid push for return of Mildura passenger rail
Grampians Rail Trail: Shire calls for community to step up and manage facility
Now that a rail line to Melbourne Airport is looking like a possibility, I wonder if both sides of politics will have the common sense to agree on the way ahead, even if it means handing it over to an independent authority and agreeing that they will abide by the decision. Victorians should not be surprised if this turns into a case of "If/when we are elected, we will change whatever is in place and build it faster, cheaper etc" – a la the NBN. I suspect pigs will fly and camels will pass through the eyes of needles before we have anything that resembles common sense.
Mike Bilsborough, Glen Iris
A direct line to the city, with few stops on the wayUnlike major government transport projects in the past, will this one be relatively free of politics and bad decisions? We need the best, shortest and most efficient route to and from the airport. Passengers will not want to waste time on a train which makes multiple stops and takes a circuitous route.
Many international airports have rail links primarily to the city centre, with rarely more than one or two stops. And they are fast. The Hong Kong train takes 24minutes to travel 35kilometres, with one stop. Gatwick and Heathrow have direct, fast rail services to London. Paris, San Francisco, Los Angeles and major Asian airports all have fast, direct services.
Users from areas outside the city can transfer to the "Tulla Express" at interchange points (no more than two) along the line. The rail-airport link should have been built 50 years ago. Now that the Victorian government has been given a financial "helping hand", let us hope it does not screw up the opportunity to put things right.
Michael Payne, Kew East
For those in the know, 901 bus is quick and cheapWhile we are waiting for a rail link to the airport, I suggest that more people use the existing public transport route: take the train to Broadmeadows and then the 901 Smartbus to the bus terminal underneath the Terminal 4 parking station.
Unfortunately, Public Transport Victoria's "journey planner" has a tendency to tell you there is no public transport option to the airport and to suggest Skybus or buses via Moonee Ponds. This means that to plan one's journey, one has to work backwards via the individual bus and train timetables. One should also allow for the scheduled 901 bus not to arrive. Other than these issues, it is a quick and very cheap way to get to the airport. Those of us using the service often share smug smiles.
Jan Lansdowne, Brunswick East
Rural passengers' right to get to the airportWhy not incorporate Melbourne Airport as a stop on the V/Line network so that regional, as well as suburban, passengers can use it? Re-route the Albury line from Wallan, and the Bendigo line from Sunbury, through to the airport station. Also run services from the Bairnsdale/Dandenong line, and the Ballarat and Geelong lines, to it. Paris uses this model for the Charles de Gaulle Airport. We should utilise the existing infrastructure as much as possible.
David Smithwick, Mansfield
We need a 21st century solution for our cityThe Flemington route to the airport, while being more expensive than the others which have been suggested, is quicker, will reduce traffic congestion and will provide a modern safe entrance to Melbourne. Do we really want to run the train along 19th century routes, along existing struggling infrastructure? Let's be like other modern cities and provide a 21st century solution. I want to be proud of Melbourne.
Robert Hamilton, Ascot Vale
The overlooked issue of compensationCorrect me if I am wrong, but I thought the stumbling block for previous plans for Melbourne to have an airport-train service was the compensation the government would have to pay the car parking businesses, which are already ensconced at the airport, for loss of business?
Rob Ward, Lake Tyers Beach
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
About this website
Railpage version 3.10.0.0037
All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all the rest is © 2003-2018 Interactive Omnimedia Pty Ltd.
You can syndicate our news using one of the RSS feeds.