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The Victorian Greens have called on the state and federal governments to recommit to a Broadmeadows connection as part of the airport rail link.
The Greens support the proposed Albion corridor from Sunshine, but say the original assessment included a Broadmeadows connection, which is much needed.
Member for Brunswick Tim Read said the current plan disadvantages those living in the north.
“The reality is, airport workers and travellers living in the northern suburbs are unlikely to travel out to Sunshine to access the airport by train, and will continue to drive instead,” Dr Read said.
“Extending the airport rail link from Sunshine through to Broadmeadows will ensure airport workers and travellers living in the northern suburbs can access the airport by train.”
The make-up of the long-awaited airport rail has been the source of much debate in recent months. Many have argued the rail link needs a tunnel between the Melbourne CBD and Sunshine, the option preferred by the federal government.
However the state government’s cheaper plan is for an above-ground track, which uses already existing rail lines.
A decision is expected in early 2020.
This article first appeared on www.starweekly.com.au
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