Preston 11 May,2023(TIE)
In a recent development, the Australian government has issued a clarification on the status of the proposed Melbourne Airport Rail Link project, which was initially announced in the 2018-19 Budget. The government’s Infrastructure Minister, Michael McCormack, has confirmed that the project will now be funded entirely by the federal government, after the Victorian government withdrew its support for the project. The federal government has allocated $2 billion towards the project in the 2021-22 Budget, and McCormack has stated that construction is expected to commence in 2022. The project is expected to provide a much-needed boost to the local economy, as well as reduce traffic congestion and improve transport options for travelers to and from the Melbourne Airport.
Caroline Wilkie, CEO of Australasian Railway Association, has expressed support for the Melbourne Airport Rail Link project, which has been on the government’s agenda for more than 30 years, and urged the federal government to recognize it as a critical piece of infrastructure that will benefit the city and regional communities by providing an important public transport link for commuters and businesses while supporting the local tourism industry.