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A super fund giant’s $7 billion offer to help build Melbourne’s long-awaited airport rail link is on the verge of being rejected by the State Government.
The powerful consortium, including Melbourne Airport and Metro Trains, had proposed a 6km tunnel from the CBD under Melbourne’s inner west to deliver 20-minute trips between Tullamarine and Southern Cross station.
The expected decision means the state and federal governments will now deliver the project by linking the airport rail line from Sunshine into the new Metro Tunnel, enabling travellers to catch direct services into the heart of the CBD and change for other suburban trains.
The State Government has reviewed the private proposal, bankrolled by IFM Investors, but baulked when internal cost estimates for the dedicated tunnel were as high as $20 billion.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews speak to the media at Sunshine Station. Picture: AAPIt was also opposed to IFM’s plan to charge access fees for other rail services using the new tunnel, and was unmoved by the consortium’s last-ditch offer to increase its upfront funding by $2 billion, return the tunnel to the state’s hands sooner and share any “super profits”.
The Herald Sun understands a decision to formally reject the market-led proposal is now imminent.
Asked whether the State Government had decided on Thursday night, a spokeswoman said: “We continue to work collaboratively with the Commonwealth Government on airport rail options and we have no announcements to make.”
The dedicated tunnel option has had strong support to enable fast rail to Geelong and boost services to Melbourne’s booming western suburban growth corridor.
Rejecting it will mean another solution is needed to boost track capacity west of the CBD, with a longer-term option being a second Metro Tunnel, which would take trains through Werribee and then under the city via Newport, Fishermans Bend and Clifton Hill.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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