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Is an airport train to the CBD the whole story?

Is an airport train to the CBD the whole story?

Alan Davies May 16, 2017 17 Comments

The Victorian and Federal governments have different strategies for Melbourne Airport rail but there's a lot more to the transport task at Tullamarine than a train to the CBD

Should Melbourne Airport rail be an election issue?

Should Melbourne Airport rail be an election issue?

Alan Davies June 14, 2016 7 Comments

The Greens election promises include $1 Billion to build a rail line to Melbourne Airport. Probably good politics but it's doubtful such an evidence-free promise is good policy

What would it take to justify rail to Melbourne Airport?

What would it take to justify rail to Melbourne Airport?

Alan Davies June 23, 2015 30 Comments

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

Are the forecasts for the East-West Link built on dubious foundations?

Are the forecasts for the East-West Link built on dubious foundations?

Alan Davies October 3, 2013 12 Comments

The Age reckons a secret document shows the Napthine Government is making controversial assumptions to justify the East-West Link. But the case the paper makes seems unconvincing

Is the press giving readers unbiased news?

Is the press giving readers unbiased news?

Alan Davies May 16, 2013 10 Comments

The East-West Link promoted by Tony Abbott and Dennis Napthine looks questionable, but the media should promote debate on its merits not pedal equally doubtful arguments on the front page

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

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

Alan Davies February 6, 2013 18 Comments

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?

Why does yet another toll road look like it might fail?

Why does yet another toll road look like it might fail?

Alan Davies November 14, 2012 12 Comments

Brisbane's Airport Link toll road is the latest in a growing list of major transport projects in financial trouble because traffic forecasts pitched to investors now seem wildly over-optimistic

Is rail on track at Sydney Airport?

Is rail on track at Sydney Airport?

Alan Davies July 10, 2012 11 Comments

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 […]

Would HSR solve Sydney’s airport woes?

Would HSR solve Sydney’s airport woes?

Alan Davies April 11, 2012 14 Comments

The inability of successive NSW and Australian governments to construct a second Sydney airport is taking on the proportions of a national tragedy. The failure to expand Sydney’s aviation capacity isn’t because of technical, environmental or financial difficulties – it’s solely due to political selfishness and opportunism. The new study by the Federal and NSW […]

Does every city need an airport rail line?

Does every city need an airport rail line?

Alan Davies February 28, 2012 41 Comments

The CEO of Melbourne Airport, Chris Woodruff, has a gripe. The Victorian Government is pressing ahead with construction of a $250 million rail line to support his competitor – Avalon Airport – but is spending a mere $6.5 million to study the warrant for rail to Melbourne Airport. Yet as I noted once before, while […]