Topic archives: Melbourne airport

What’s the problem airport rail would solve?

What’s the problem airport rail would solve?

October 31, 2017 33

There needs to be a clear and focused justification for spending billions of dollars on building a rail line from the CBD to Melbourne Airport

Should airport trains also serve metro passengers?

Should airport trains also serve metro passengers?

September 26, 2017 12

One of the key issues that needs to be worked through in planning mass transit access to airports is integration with the existing rail network

What are the key issues for Melbourne Airport rail?

What are the key issues for Melbourne Airport rail?

September 20, 2017 14

The solution is seen as a single rail line, but it should be conceived as the package of infrastructure and policies that will best improve the accessibility of Melbourne Airport

Is an airport train to the CBD the whole story?

Is an airport train to the CBD the whole story?

May 16, 2017 17

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

What’s Turnbull’s airport rail adventure all about?

What’s Turnbull’s airport rail adventure all about?

April 10, 2017 15

The funding the Turnbull Government says it will provide to Victoria in next month’s budget for a rail line from the CBD to Melbourne Airport is about politics, not good policy

Should Melbourne airport rail be put on the front-burner?

Should Melbourne airport rail be put on the front-burner?

December 7, 2016 6

Melbourne Airport is "begging" for a rail line to the airport asap; Infrastructure Victoria says not just yet. More effort needs to be put into being ready to go when necessary

Is Fairfax off-track (again) on Melbourne airport rail?

Is Fairfax off-track (again) on Melbourne airport rail?

October 10, 2016 6

It's only been a week, but The Sunday Age was back again yesterday with another fabulously titillating invention about a rail line to Melbourne Airport

Should Melbourne Airport rail be an election issue?

Should Melbourne Airport rail be an election issue?

June 14, 2016 7

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

Will Infrastructure Victoria improve the standard of political promises?

Will Infrastructure Victoria improve the standard of political promises?

August 5, 2015 3

Victoria's Opposition reckons the lack of a rail line to Melbourne Airport is a major and pressing problem for the city. Evaluating claims like this must be a key role of Infrastructure Victoria

Is Daniel Andrews right to ignore airport rail?

Is Daniel Andrews right to ignore airport rail?

February 23, 2015 24

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

What were the most-read articles in 2014?

What were the most-read articles in 2014?

December 23, 2014 1

A “top-20” list of those articles published by The Urbanist that attracted the largest numbers of readers over the course of 2014, from trains to bicycles, architecture, motorways, and much more

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

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

November 11, 2014 42

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?

Are these criticisms of Melbourne Rail Link salient?

Are these criticisms of Melbourne Rail Link salient?

May 9, 2014 18

Some of the criticisms of the Napthine Government's new Melbourne Rail Link (such as the location of Montague rail station) miss the big picture and in any event are mostly just plain wrong

Should a rail line to Melbourne Airport be the priority?

Should a rail line to Melbourne Airport be the priority?

April 13, 2014 30

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?

Could Melbourne have airport rail sooner rather than later?

Could Melbourne have airport rail sooner rather than later?

October 23, 2013 33

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

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

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

March 19, 2013 12

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

Would we use an airport train (as much as we say we would)?

December 14, 2011 50

Yesterday’s post on the unreliability of predictions fits nicely with the latest round of calls for a rail line to the airport. The stimulus this time is a report in The Age last week on Melbourne Airport’s plans to upgrade freeway access and build a new terminal. It set off a predictable and familiar landslide […]

Are parking prices at the airport a rip-off?

August 23, 2011 11

The new draft report by the Productivity Commission on Economic Regulation of Airport Services has sparked outrage among readers of The Age for its finding that parking fees at Tullamarine are “not a ripoff”. Last time I looked there were 110 comments on The Age Online, virtually every one of them dripping with vitriol. Whether […]

Is Avalon side-tracking Tullamarine rail?

August 15, 2011 6

The Baillieu Government is determined to press on with its election commitment to start construction of the $250 million rail link to Avalon Airport in its first term. The Premier did this nice photo op last week waving-in planes at Avalon. The Age reporter, Andrew Heasley, took a clever line, asking how the Government could […]

Is there a case for rail to Avalon Airport?

April 30, 2011 13

One of the great mysteries of 2010 is why the then Opposition promised to spend taxpayers funds to provide a rail service from the CBD to Avalon Airport. This wasn’t a promise to conduct a study, as was the case with the Doncaster, Rowville and Melbourne Airport rail lines, but a firm commitment to take […]