Topic archives: airport

Is Melbourne Airport’s SkyBus up to the job?

Is Melbourne Airport’s SkyBus up to the job?

May 14, 2018 19

A rail line from Melbourne airport to the CBD will very likely be necessary one day, but an upgraded SkyBus can do the job in the short-to-medium term at vastly lower cost

Is subsidising airport rail fares the way to go?

Is subsidising airport rail fares the way to go?

September 27, 2017 16

The fare travellers will pay - whether less than $5 or more than $25 - is a key issue in planning for a mass transit connection between Melbourne Airport and the city centre

Weekend reading July 1 2017

Weekend reading July 1 2017

July 1, 2017

Interesting links for urbanists

The Urbanist Digest, Vol 2, 2017

The Urbanist Digest, Vol 2, 2017

June 30, 2017

A digest of all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in the June quarter 2017, including airports, transport, heritage, cycling, planning, health, infrastructure, housing, regions

Does Sydney Airport really charge train travellers too much?

Does Sydney Airport really charge train travellers too much?

April 19, 2017 5

The assertion that rail travellers pay a $7.96 access fee to Sydney Airport on top of the Opal fare is wrong and lets the NSW Government off the hook

Is this “secret” report on airport rail newsworthy?

Is this “secret” report on airport rail newsworthy?

October 3, 2016 9

Another Sunday, another manufactured controversy by Fairfax, this time around a "secret" report on Melbourne airport rail from "a high-powered group of advisers"

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

November 16, 2015 15

64 of the world's busiest airports are served by heavy or light rail but Melbourne Airport, which ranks 50th, isn't. Wisely, the Victorian Government has no plans to build a rail line yet

What would it take to justify rail to Melbourne Airport?

What would it take to justify rail to Melbourne Airport?

June 23, 2015 30

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

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

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

August 11, 2014 30

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

What’s the long-term rail plan for Melbourne?

What’s the long-term rail plan for Melbourne?

March 28, 2013 14

Yet another public transport report was released in Victoria yesterday! This time, Public Transport Victoria released its Network Plan for Melbourne’s rail system over the next 20-30 years

Is rail on track at Sydney Airport?

Is rail on track at Sydney Airport?

July 10, 2012 11

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 […]

Does every city need an airport rail line?

Does every city need an airport rail line?

February 28, 2012 41

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 […]

Is this the way we’ll live next?

February 15, 2011 6

The centre of the city of the future will be the airport, according to a book by John D Kasarda of the University of Carolina and journalist Greg Lindsay to be published next month. They say in Aerotropolis (subtitled, to emphasise its inevitability, The Way We’ll Live Next), that “not so long ago, airports were built near […]

Will Rowville be a Clayton(s) rail line?

December 11, 2010 11

Sooner rather than later, the Baillieu Government is going to have to prove its credibility on public transport by making substantial progress on one of the rail lines it has promised. And I have an idea for where it should start. The easiest candidate is the promised Avalon rail line because its cost is estimated […]

More on rail link to airport

March 13, 2010 9

The Age is continuing its campaign for a new rail line to be built from the city centre to Melbourne Airport (I discussed this previously on March 2 – Possible rail link to Melbourne airport). There are also a couple of follow-up letters this morning supporting the idea of a rail link. In a story […]

Possible rail link to Melbourne Airport

March 2, 2010 16

The Age ran an editorial this week arguing that a rail line should be built from the CBD to Melbourne Airport to deal with growing traffic congestion on the principal radial freeway route.  I have a lot of difficulty seeing how this could ever work financially, much less why it should be a priority compared […]