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The $13 billion Melbourne rail link could be a waste of time and money unless extra stops are added to the line, according to a study.
The Airport West Station Study by Movement and Place Consulting cost Moonee Valley Council $25,000 and looked at building a Western Gateway Station on a 5ha site on Terror St, Keilor Park, along the Broadmeadows-Albion Corridor.
It is used by storage depots and by a ready-mix concrete supplier and has a public acquisition overlay for the airport rail link.
The report said few people would use it the much-anticipated line without extra stops.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victorian premier Daniel Andrews have pledged a combined $10 billion in funding for the rail link, with a business case due to be released next year.
Maribyrnong Council chief executive Stephen Wall said access to the rail link had to be a priority.
Airport West Station Study suggested stops along the rail link.“It is essential that an integrated transport plan is developed that incorporates the airport rail link land and the soon-to-be developed Defence Site Maribyrnong,” he said.
“This should include and give priority to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users as well as car drivers.”
The government’s present rail link map only shows one extra station at Sunshine between Southern Cross and the airport, but the council’s report said without a station north of Sunshine, people in western growth areas including Maribyrnong, Moonee Valley, Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Melton and Wyndham would miss out.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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