Melbourne Airport Rail Link

 
  Engineeringlogic Station Master

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/victorian-government-urged-to-ignore-cut-price-airport-rail-option-20190830-p52mhd.html
Oh lord. I hope this is not a serious idea for MARL. Even the feds seem to pushing for a dedicated tunnel into SCS. A cheap option will suffer the network for generations to come. Preventing fully segregated interurban and regional services.

Not to mention they will go down as the government not remembered for the excellent infrastructure roll out. But as the government the stuffed MARL to save a few bucks.
Lockie91
Doubt it will happen. As the article said they have to look at all options.Cheapest, most expensive, most practical, fastest,etc. once they have scenarios then they can crack on and do their trade/ cost/benefit studies. With 10Bn in the bank, they could afford to tunnel the whole way!!

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  Carnot Chief Commissioner

I think the SCS to Sunshine section will be a combination of tunnel, ground level, and Skyrail TM.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Planning is Ashdod for these project if the government is looking to build yet more tunnel and not extend the metro tunnel through tomsunhine or the airport ?
  True Believers Chief Commissioner

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/victorian-government-urged-to-ignore-cut-price-airport-rail-option-20190830-p52mhd.html
Oh lord. I hope this is not a serious idea for MARL. Even the feds seem to pushing for a dedicated tunnel into SCS. A cheap option will suffer the network for generations to come. Preventing fully segregated interurban and regional services.

Not to mention they will go down as the government not remembered for the excellent infrastructure roll out. But as the government the stuffed MARL to save a few bucks.
Doubt it will happen. As the article said they have to look at all options.Cheapest, most expensive, most practical, fastest,etc. once they have scenarios then they can crack on and do their trade/ cost/benefit studies. With 10Bn in the bank, they could afford to tunnel the whole way!!
Engineeringlogic
I read the article the full-way, not the misleading title.

It's basically this but for the airport rail link:
https://metrotunnel.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/40477/MM-Business-Case-Feb-2016-APPENDIX-01.PDF

It's like saying oh the Metro Tunnel would have been a dedicated metro btw Highpoint and Domain. That never happened, but they did some quick analysis over each option.
  John.Z Chief Train Controller

Planning is Ashdod for these project if the government is looking to build yet more tunnel and not extend the metro tunnel through tomsunhine or the airport ?
freightgate
Why would the Metro tunnel be extended to the Airport? It's a metro tunnel, needed to provide more paths into the city for western suburban passengers.

The airport tunnel would be used by express trains including VLine trains. Two very different stopping patterns and outcomes.
  HardSleeper Junior Train Controller

Location: Route 48
https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/victorian-government-urged-to-ignore-cut-price-airport-rail-option-20190830-p52mhd.html
Oh lord. I hope this is not a serious idea for MARL. Even the feds seem to pushing for a dedicated tunnel into SCS. A cheap option will suffer the network for generations to come. Preventing fully segregated interurban and regional services.

Not to mention they will go down as the government not remembered for the excellent infrastructure roll out. But as the government the stuffed MARL to save a few bucks.
Lockie91
Why are we even considering the need to tunnel from Sunshine all the way to the CBD when we can Skyrail most of it far cheaper? Maybe tunnel under Footscray but that'd be all.
  chomper Junior Train Controller

This crap in the media is smeg to ensure the MARL doesn't happen. There must be another toll road in the making...
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/victorian-government-urged-to-ignore-cut-price-airport-rail-option-20190830-p52mhd.html
Oh lord. I hope this is not a serious idea for MARL. Even the feds seem to pushing for a dedicated tunnel into SCS. A cheap option will suffer the network for generations to come. Preventing fully segregated interurban and regional services.

Not to mention they will go down as the government not remembered for the excellent infrastructure roll out. But as the government the stuffed MARL to save a few bucks.
Lockie91

Clearly this is a senior public servant thought bubble. A public servant who hasn't a clue about the traffic on the express V/Line tracks to/from Sunshine and the plans to increase the traffic along this section

I await with bated breath for a slap down from Minister for Transport Infrastructure and the popping of this ill-informed thought bubble.

Mike.
  TOQ-1 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Power Trainger
https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/victorian-government-urged-to-ignore-cut-price-airport-rail-option-20190830-p52mhd.html
Oh lord. I hope this is not a serious idea for MARL. Even the feds seem to pushing for a dedicated tunnel into SCS. A cheap option will suffer the network for generations to come. Preventing fully segregated interurban and regional services.

Not to mention they will go down as the government not remembered for the excellent infrastructure roll out. But as the government the stuffed MARL to save a few bucks.
Why are we even considering the need to tunnel from Sunshine all the way to the CBD when we can Skyrail most of it far cheaper? Maybe tunnel under Footscray but that'd be all.
HardSleeper
I doubt it would be a full tunnel from Southern Cross to Sunshine. As you say, the pinch point is Footscray. I could see the Sunbury lines between North Melbourne and South Kensington being handed over to Airport Rail once those trains move into the Metro tunnel, then a combination of a bridge over the river and a descent under Footscray, coming back up at West Footscray being an option.
  chomper Junior Train Controller

Can someone explain to me this obsession of using Scumshine as the hub for the MARL when Footscray is far better suited to fulfil this role?
  TOQ-1 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Power Trainger
Can someone explain to me this obsession of using Scumshine as the hub for the MARL when Footscray is far better suited to fulfil this role?
chomper
Because squeezing in another two platforms at Footscray is a lot harder than putting them at Sunshine.
  Crossover Train Controller

Location: St. Albans Victoria
Can someone explain to me this obsession of using Scumshine as the hub for the MARL when Footscray is far better suited to fulfil this role?
Because squeezing in another two platforms at Footscray is a lot harder than putting them at Sunshine.
TOQ-1
Please do not use denigrating terms to describe where PEOPLE live !!!!.
And yes there is more space available at Sunshine to undertake this work than trying to shoehorn it into Footscray .
  mejhammers1 Chief Commissioner

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/victorian-government-urged-to-ignore-cut-price-airport-rail-option-20190830-p52mhd.html
Oh lord. I hope this is not a serious idea for MARL. Even the feds seem to pushing for a dedicated tunnel into SCS. A cheap option will suffer the network for generations to come. Preventing fully segregated interurban and regional services.

Not to mention they will go down as the government not remembered for the excellent infrastructure roll out. But as the government the stuffed MARL to save a few bucks.
Lockie91
Wow, if you think that between $3 to $8 Billion is "a few bucks". Flipping heck. If they can save billions on other options then I am all for it. I think there are more pressing issues than an airport train.


Michael
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/victorian-government-urged-to-ignore-cut-price-airport-rail-option-20190830-p52mhd.html
Oh lord. I hope this is not a serious idea for MARL. Even the feds seem to pushing for a dedicated tunnel into SCS. A cheap option will suffer the network for generations to come. Preventing fully segregated interurban and regional services.

Not to mention they will go down as the government not remembered for the excellent infrastructure roll out. But as the government the stuffed MARL to save a few bucks.
Wow, if you think that between $3 to $8 Billion is "a few bucks". Flipping heck. If they can save billions on other options then I am all for it. I think there are more pressing issues than an airport train.


Michael
mejhammers1
True. But spending $3 billion for something which is slower than the SkyBus is not likely to generate a lot of custom.
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: North Haverbrook; where the monorail is king!
Can someone explain to me this obsession of using Scumshine as the hub for the MARL when Footscray is far better suited to fulfil this role?
chomper
To annoy bigots like you... and because Sunshine is a National Employment and Innovation Cluster, unlike Footscray.
  Lockie91 Train Controller

Sunshine has a lot of merit, besides being the most common sense choice.

NEIC, massive investment over the coming decade in services and industry.

Greenfields area, no matter how you cut it there is going to be some interesting track configuration at Sunshine. Looking at two additional platform pairs possibly underground.
-MARL will need it own platforms
-Platforms 3 & 4 will service the WRP
-Additional Platforms for regional services?
It’s going to be complicated try to shoehorn this into Footscray, not to mention the price.

Even distribution of passengers across the network. A problem that stations like Flinders Street and South Yarra currently have. Post MM1 Footscray will become a major interchange for MM1 services in addition to the ever increasing demand thanks to the many apartments popping up.

Sunshine becomes your major regional interchange away from the inner core.
  Lockie91 Train Controller

Sunshine has a lot of merit, besides being the most common sense choice.

NEIC, massive investment over the coming decade in services and industry.

Greenfields area, no matter how you cut it there is going to be some interesting track configuration at Sunshine. Looking at two additional platform pairs possibly underground.
-MARL will need it own platforms
-Platforms 3 & 4 will service the WRP
-Additional Platforms for regional services?
It’s going to be complicated try to shoehorn this into Footscray, not to mention the price.

Even distribution of passengers across the network. A problem that stations like Flinders Street and South Yarra currently have. Post MM1 Footscray will become a major interchange for MM1 services in addition to the ever increasing demand thanks to the many apartments popping up.

Sunshine becomes your major regional interchange away from the inner core.
  chomper Junior Train Controller

Federales pressing for tunnel to Sunshine for MARL:

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/going-underground-federal-government-lobbies-andrews-to-sign-up-for-airport-tunnel-20191014-p530jy.html

Tunnel good, giving it to AirRail bad. It would turn into the biggest white elephant the state has seen. It needs to be myki ticketed and part of the Melbourne rail network.

I wonder who within the LNP government stands to benefit most from giving the project to AirRail...
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

Federales pressing for tunnel to Sunshine for MARL:

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/going-underground-federal-government-lobbies-andrews-to-sign-up-for-airport-tunnel-20191014-p530jy.html

Tunnel good, giving it to AirRail bad. It would turn into the biggest white elephant the state has seen. It needs to be myki ticketed and part of the Melbourne rail network.

I wonder who within the LNP government stands to benefit most from giving the project to AirRail...
chomper
Certainly an ideological battle between a Private Enterprise/PPA and a Government owned & run railway.
  chomper Junior Train Controller

Federales pressing for tunnel to Sunshine for MARL:

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/going-underground-federal-government-lobbies-andrews-to-sign-up-for-airport-tunnel-20191014-p530jy.html

Tunnel good, giving it to AirRail bad. It would turn into the biggest white elephant the state has seen. It needs to be myki ticketed and part of the Melbourne rail network.

I wonder who within the LNP government stands to benefit most from giving the project to AirRail...
Certainly an ideological battle between a Private Enterprise/PPA and a Government owned & run railway.
Carnot

It isn't ideology when it's outright corruption to make sure the PPP gets the nod.
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

Federales pressing for tunnel to Sunshine for MARL:

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/going-underground-federal-government-lobbies-andrews-to-sign-up-for-airport-tunnel-20191014-p530jy.html

Tunnel good, giving it to AirRail bad. It would turn into the biggest white elephant the state has seen. It needs to be myki ticketed and part of the Melbourne rail network.

I wonder who within the LNP government stands to benefit most from giving the project to AirRail...
Certainly an ideological battle between a Private Enterprise/PPA and a Government owned & run railway.

It isn't ideology when it's outright corruption to make sure the PPP gets the nod.
chomper
No doubt it would be interesting to see which politicians hold pecuniary interests in any of the consortium members of AirRail.

I checked their website and it raises lots of questions about rail gauge, integration (if that is possible) with SRL, the routing of non-electrified V/line services, and high-speed link to Sydney etc...
  chomper Junior Train Controller

Federales pressing for tunnel to Sunshine for MARL:

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/going-underground-federal-government-lobbies-andrews-to-sign-up-for-airport-tunnel-20191014-p530jy.html

Tunnel good, giving it to AirRail bad. It would turn into the biggest white elephant the state has seen. It needs to be myki ticketed and part of the Melbourne rail network.

I wonder who within the LNP government stands to benefit most from giving the project to AirRail...
Certainly an ideological battle between a Private Enterprise/PPA and a Government owned & run railway.

It isn't ideology when it's outright corruption to make sure the PPP gets the nod.
No doubt it would be interesting to see which politicians hold pecuniary interests in any of the consortium members of AirRail.

I checked their website and it raises lots of questions about rail gauge, integration (if that is possible) with SRL, the routing of non-electrified V/line services, and high-speed link to Sydney etc...
Carnot

Lots of pretty "Utopia" spec pictures and videos but not much else.
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
Federales pressing for tunnel to Sunshine for MARL:

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/going-underground-federal-government-lobbies-andrews-to-sign-up-for-airport-tunnel-20191014-p530jy.html

Tunnel good, giving it to AirRail bad. It would turn into the biggest white elephant the state has seen. It needs to be myki ticketed and part of the Melbourne rail network.

I wonder who within the LNP government stands to benefit most from giving the project to AirRail...
Certainly an ideological battle between a Private Enterprise/PPA and a Government owned & run railway.

It isn't ideology when it's outright corruption to make sure the PPP gets the nod.
No doubt it would be interesting to see which politicians hold pecuniary interests in any of the consortium members of AirRail.

I checked their website and it raises lots of questions about rail gauge, integration (if that is possible) with SRL, the routing of non-electrified V/line services, and high-speed link to Sydney etc...
Carnot
Emailed them while back and they said 'dual gauge' solution when I asked about the gauge. The State Government seems to want it ultimately, integrated with Vline and the suburban rail loop
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

Federales pressing for tunnel to Sunshine for MARL:

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/going-underground-federal-government-lobbies-andrews-to-sign-up-for-airport-tunnel-20191014-p530jy.html

Tunnel good, giving it to AirRail bad. It would turn into the biggest white elephant the state has seen. It needs to be myki ticketed and part of the Melbourne rail network.

I wonder who within the LNP government stands to benefit most from giving the project to AirRail...
Certainly an ideological battle between a Private Enterprise/PPA and a Government owned & run railway.

It isn't ideology when it's outright corruption to make sure the PPP gets the nod.
No doubt it would be interesting to see which politicians hold pecuniary interests in any of the consortium members of AirRail.

I checked their website and it raises lots of questions about rail gauge, integration (if that is possible) with SRL, the routing of non-electrified V/line services, and high-speed link to Sydney etc...
Emailed them while back and they said 'dual gauge' solution when I asked about the gauge. The State Government seems to want it ultimately, integrated with Vline and the suburban rail loop
Dangersdan707
Good luck with dual gauge and an 80 km/h speed limit for BG trains.  That will not fly.
  chomper Junior Train Controller

What 80km/h speed limit?

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