Topic archives: Skybus

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

February 6, 2013 18

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?

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 […]

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 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 […]