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What would it take to justify rail to Melbourne Airport?

A rail line to Melbourne Airport won’t make economic sense for decades yet under standard assumptions but there’s a (politically courageous) scenario where it could work now

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Is Daniel Andrews right to ignore airport rail?

A train to Melbourne Airport would be more comfortable than SkyBus and one day it’ll no doubt be needed, but the Victorian Premier is right; there are much more pressing priorities for the scarce public dollar

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Is it time Melbourne got a rail line to the airport?

The Napthine government says it’ll start building an airport rail line next term if wins this month’s Victorian election. Of course it’d be nice to have, but should it really be a priority at this time?

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Should a rail line to Perth Airport really be the priority?

The WA Government says it will build a train line to Perth airport for $2.2 billion, but it makes no economic or social sense; as with Melbourne airport, there’re much higher transport priorities

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Should a rail line to Melbourne Airport be the priority?

The Victorian Government says it will commit to constructing a rail line to Melbourne airport in this year’s budget. But is it about sensible policy or is it all about cynical and desperate politics?

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Could Melbourne have airport rail sooner rather than later?

Despite the Government’s claim that Melburnians can’t have a rail line to the airport until the Metro tunnel is built, there is a way to have it now. The key question though is whether it’d be worth it

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Trains: should the ‘where’ come before the ‘why’?

Another day in Victoria, another rail study released by the state government! This one identifies a route for an airport rail line, but it doesn’t ask if or when a new line makes sense in the first place

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Should the O’Farrell government lower Sydney airport rail fares?

The NSW Government is about to land a big windfall from the airport rail line as revenue-sharing provisions kick in. But should it return the money to airport train travellers or keep it?

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Seriously, can Canberra really be Sydney’s second airport?

Barry O’Farrell and Canberra Airport believe High Speed Rail will allow Sydney’s second airport to be located 250 km away in Canberra. Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce, reckons the idea is outrageous.

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Is rail on track at Sydney Airport?

It looks like something quite extraordinary has happened at Sydney Airport over the last five or six years. I’m surprised it hasn’t received more attention. According to Airport Link, the company that manages train operations at the domestic and international terminals, rail patronage grew 32% over 08/09-11/12 while the total number of air travellers passing [...]

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