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The State Government has confirmed the design will include new bridges and elevated track in Melbourne's north-western suburbs.
The Victorian Government has confirmed the design for the project involves a series of elevated tracks through Sunshine North, Keilor East and Airport West.
The rail link will also include bridges over several gorges and sections of the Maribyrnong River.
Transport Minister Jacinta Allan confirmed that there would be elevated sections, but how much is yet to be finalised.
"There is a massive amount of engineering work to go through and there are options that look at elevated rail particularly over the parts of the network that go over parts of the Maribyrnong River," she said.
"This is all about getting the best way to deliver an airport rail connection for Melbourne and Victoria."
The design for the project includes a new underground station at the airport.(Supplied)The Transport Minister also confirmed that some properties would be compulsorily acquired along the stretch of track.
"With every project, big and small, where there may be acquisitions required, we work very, very hard to minimise the number of properties that need to be acquired," Ms Allan said.
"A project of this size and scale will go through an extensive design and consultation process."
The State and Federal governments last month each committed $5 billion to the project, which is expected to support up to 8,000 jobs when construction begins in 2022.
Passengers landing at Melbourne Airport will be able to take trains into Melbourne's CBD every 10 minutes once the project is completed in 2029.
Government's preferred design is 'a slow train' says OppositionThe Victorian Opposition fears the chosen design for the Airport Rail Link will cause delays and congestion for regional services.
Shadow Transport Infrastructure Minister David Davis says the failure to assign a dedicated rail line from Sunshine to the city will affect capacity on existing services.
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"The market-led proposal that the government seems to have rejected would have added new and additional capacity in the form of tunnels," he said.
"Those that would have come in from Melton, Ballarat and Bendigo will have capacity taken from their lines to substitute for the Melbourne Airport Line."
The Opposition also said the journey time of 29 minutes from the airport to the CBD was too long.
"It's not a fast rail link to the airport, it's a slow train," Mr Davis said.
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