..... the new proposed passenger terminal depicted in pink goes all the way past Francis -Briggs Road.
The difference between Sydney and Brisbane's airport rail-links is they have planned ahead a for future growth by adding the additional stations. What I said is that in Melbourne if you build the cheap rail-link station/option in 20 years it will be obsolete and will end up costing more. When constructing infrastructure city planners should ask whether in 100 years the rail-link will still hold up.
Wxtre, the photo above shows the ping T4 You fsil to realise eavery terminal has a restricted zone and a public zone. The publix zone is where you enter the building. You can walk around all you like. The restricted zone ( my term) is through security and to the gate. Each terminak has this. Each terminal has a limited entry point, where yuo go through security to access the gartes and the walkways to them.
Point is the plan for T4 has the entry point next to T3 and not down at Francis -Briggs Road. On my mud map above where I have written T4 is the public entry point. People can easuly walk from the other terminals to there, and can of course walk from the proposed station.
So a second station there is of use at all. The area shown as T4 is for all the gates and walkways to them. Put another way, can you walk to the end of T1/T2/T3 with a screwdriver, a swiss army knife and bottles right now? No as they would not pass security. Same with T4.
This has been pointed out to me by a respected Jetstar pilot. Others have similar info. And do note these stations cost millions to build, and in the airport area it will be even more so. One station will be built. In fact the real people working on this in reality are planning ONE station, so everything you write here will not change the minds of professional, nor sway the pollies. It is already decided
Sydney and Brisbane were not clever, they had two seperate terminals, so had to put in two stations. If they could have got away with one they would have.
As to the future, we barely have major planned for 3 years time rather than 100. Waste of time arguing that.
finally I would suggest the idea of a second airport railway station be dropped. We know your view. You know know most of our views.
There's many other aspects of the airport to talk about and report about.
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