3 Project OutlineThe Avalon Airport Rail Link project is investigating options for a rail corridor to Avalon Airport, to allow a direct connection with Melbourne and Geelong.The State Government has committed $3 million over two years for planning and development of the project.
4 Project Benefits A rail link to Avalon Airport will: provide a high standard public transport service for people travelling to and from Avalon Airportsupport the development of Avalon Airport and help secure its future as Melbourne's second international airportsupport growth of economic and employment opportunities by helping to attract airlines, jobs, visitors and investment into VictoriaFacilitate improved freight access
5 Current Status Finalising team mobilisation. The project is in its early planning stage, which involves a range of technical, economic and environmental investigations background investigations.Engagement with the community and stakeholders will commence over the coming months.
7 Study BackgroundOn the 3 May 2011, the Minister for Public transport announced $6.5m commitment to undertake a study into a rail line to Melbourne Airport.The 2 year study will be conducted by the Department of Transport and will be transitioned across to the new Victorian Public Transport Development Authority once established.The study will examine routes for a rail line linking Melbourne Airport to the city. Key objectives include:understand the feasibility of building a frequent and reliable rail link to Melbourne Airport;explore integrated transport and land-use opportunities to ensure Melbourne remains competitive with Sydney, Brisbane and international cities; andhelp reduce congestion on the Tullamarine freeway and local transport networks.
8 Project DescriptionThe study will examine a number of routes for a rail line linking Melbourne Airport with the city. It will:recommend preferred rail alignmentinvestigate options for station locationsinclude technical investigationsunderstand future patronage demandunderstand impacts on existing bus services and transport networksconsider context of Federal Government’s High Speed Rail Initiativeinclude consultation with key stakeholders, businesses and communities
9 Status Planning for the study has now commenced Finalising team mobilisationPreliminary discussions have commenced with key stakeholders
11 BackgroundOn 3 May 2011, the Minister for Public Transport announced that $6.5 million would be provided for a detailed study into a Doncaster heavy rail linkThe study will examine a number of routes for a heavy rail line linking Doncaster to the city
13 HistoryRailway to Doncaster was a rail network development proposed in the 1969 Transport Plan and was discussed as far back as 1930’sThe 1969 Plan proposed a rail line be built from Victoria Park station via the Eastern Freeway to a terminus near the corner of Blackburn Road and King StreetsIn lieu of a rail service, Doncaster has been serviced with direct, frequent bus routes to the city along the Eastern Freeway
14 Project DescriptionThe project will explore options for providing a high quality heavy rail link from Doncaster to the city. These options will include and consider:Technical investigations into different routesImproved integrated transport opportunities for commutersFuture patronage demand in the medium to long termIntegration with future operational and strategic plans for the rail networkLocation of proposed railway stations
15 Study LeaderAn independent study leader will be appointed to bring together the findings of specialist advice and report to the governmentThey will be a specialist consultancy with extensive transport experience and skills needed to independently interpret and report on technical investigationsThe project leader will:coordinate and manage work undertaken by the project teamlead discussions and briefings from a transport, land-use and community perspectivedevelop the final study report with recommendations, including an assessment of how to best minimise impact
16 Project ScopeIt is proposed that the study will be undertaken in two phasesPhase 1 will encompass a high level assessment of all relevant issues and available optionsAn options report is expected in mid 2012Phase 2 is expected to commence in mid 2012It will encompass further detailed development of a preferred option subject to the findings of Phase 1It will take particular note of community and stakeholder feedback captured during Phase 1Once commenced, Phase 2 is expected to take a further 12 months to complete
17 Next stepsDOT have briefed suitable consultants to undertake the study. The briefs include:Engineering Design & CostingEnvironmental & HeritageTransport Planning & Operational AssessmentDemographics, Land Use and EconomicsConsultation & CommunicationTransport ModellingSocial ImpactIt is expected the tender and evaluation period for the specialist studies will be completed within the next 2 monthsDOT have commenced preliminary consultation with local government
19 Consultation and Communications Community and Stakeholder input will be an integral part of all the studies. Feedback will help each project ensure interests of key stakeholders and community are reflected in the studies.Appropriate opportunities for stakeholder and community input will be identified by each project team throughout the progress of the study.Consultation will likely include but not be limited to:Local government briefingsCommunity workshopstechnical workshopsTargeted interviewsPublic submissionsAn informative and interactive online forumThe community will have various opportunities to offer feedback and get involved in the study as it progresses.