A $5bn commitment by the Commonwealth for a rail link to Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport has been welcomed by the Victorian Transport Association.
VTA chief executive Peter Anderson was one of those to praise the announcement by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, but also warned the Commonwealth and state governments would have to overcome differences.
“A Melbourne Airport rail link is long overdue and the VTA welcomes the $5bn commitment from the Commonwealth to work with the Victorian Government to finally make it happen,” Mr Anderson said.
“From a freight perspective, passenger rail is critical for easing road congestion and the more productive and efficient movement of heavy vehicles.
“It is our sincere hope that state and federal governments can work through any differences they might have because a project of this magnitude is essential for the Victorian and national economy.”
Prime Minister Turnbull told the ABC building the link would “slash travel times, bust congestion, boost the Victorian economy and create thousands of new jobs”.
“We want the Victorian Government to partner with us in a true 50:50 funding partnership to build and own this iconic piece of infrastructure,” the ABC quoted Mr Turnbull as saying.
“We also welcome the involvement of the private sector.”