Rail Projects Victoria and its expert advisers are currently undertaking the detailed planning and development works for Melbourne Airport Rail and faster services to Geelong.
The options for Melbourne Airport Rail to access the CBD are being assessed as part of the standard planning and development and business case preparation.
This work is also considering the integration of Melbourne Airport Rail with electrifications to growth area and faster services to Geelong.
The Government has not committed to a particular service frequency or option for Melbourne Airport Rail.
A preferred option will be determined in consultation with the Commonwealth. It is standard practice for a business case to consider options – for example, the Metro Tunnel business case explored four different options.
The market-led proposal is current being assessment by the Department of Treasury and Finance in accordance with the Market-led Proposal Guideline.
Subject to the required statutory approvals, Melbourne Airport Rail project delivery is targeted to commence in 2022.