Airport Rail Link

A train station for Airport West as part of the Airport Rail Link

The State and Federal Governments have each committed $5 billion to build an Airport Rail Link that will travel through Melbourne’s West.

Moonee Valley City Council strongly supports the Airport Rail Link. We have spoken out in favour of an Airport Rail Link in Council’s Integrated Transport Plan and Advocacy Strategy, as well as in the media.

The Victorian Government has also committed to delivering a $50 billion Suburban Rail Loop, linking Melbourne's suburbs from East to North, to West.

The rail corridor will travel through Melbourne's West with a super hub at Sunshine, before progressing through the North-West to the Airport. Both routes will travel through Airport West.

That’s why we’re advocating for a train station at Airport West as part of the Airport Rail Link and Suburban Rail Loop.

Airport West and neighbouring Essendon Fields has been identified as a key aviation, technology and employment precinct by the Victorian Government. But in spite of its regional significance, the Airport West/Essendon Fields precinct is currently a rail transport black hole.

A station at Airport West would boost employment, services and economic opportunity in the region. Coupled with the Airport Rail Link and the proposed Suburban Rail Loop, it would enable ready linkages between Airport West and Melbourne Airport, Sunshine and the west, Broadmeadows and the north, and the CBD.

A station at Airport West would benefit:

  • Local residents currently underserviced by public transport

  • Staff working at Westfield Airport West, Essendon Fields and in surrounding industrial precincts

  • The more than 17% of Melbourne Airport staff who reside in Moonee Valley and neighbouring Brimbank[1]

  • Visitors to Essendon Airport (with suitable bus connections)

  • Travellers to and from Melbourne Airport seeking parking alternatives.

We're ready to get on board at Airport West.

HOW YOU CAN GET ON BOARD:

  • Register to show your support for a station at Airport West. Subscribe to our campaign at the top right of this page, and your support will help demonstrate to politicians the need for a station at Airport West. We’ll also keep you up-to-date as the campaign progresses.

  • Tell us how you would use a station at Airport West. Leave a comment below to share your story about why a new train station at Airport West is important to you.

  • Vote in our quick poll. Click on the 'Quick Poll' tab below to show your support for a station at Airport West and have your voice heard.

  • Get in touch. You can contact Moonee Valley City Council’s Advocacy Coordinator, Meghan Hopper at mhopper@mvcc.vic.gov.au or on (03) 9243 1127 to find out more.


[1] Census 2016

A train station for Airport West as part of the Airport Rail Link

The State and Federal Governments have each committed $5 billion to build an Airport Rail Link that will travel through Melbourne’s West.

Moonee Valley City Council strongly supports the Airport Rail Link. We have spoken out in favour of an Airport Rail Link in Council’s Integrated Transport Plan and Advocacy Strategy, as well as in the media.

The Victorian Government has also committed to delivering a $50 billion Suburban Rail Loop, linking Melbourne's suburbs from East to North, to West.

The rail corridor will travel through Melbourne's West with a super hub at Sunshine, before progressing through the North-West to the Airport. Both routes will travel through Airport West.

That’s why we’re advocating for a train station at Airport West as part of the Airport Rail Link and Suburban Rail Loop.

Airport West and neighbouring Essendon Fields has been identified as a key aviation, technology and employment precinct by the Victorian Government. But in spite of its regional significance, the Airport West/Essendon Fields precinct is currently a rail transport black hole.

A station at Airport West would boost employment, services and economic opportunity in the region. Coupled with the Airport Rail Link and the proposed Suburban Rail Loop, it would enable ready linkages between Airport West and Melbourne Airport, Sunshine and the west, Broadmeadows and the north, and the CBD.

A station at Airport West would benefit:

  • Local residents currently underserviced by public transport

  • Staff working at Westfield Airport West, Essendon Fields and in surrounding industrial precincts

  • The more than 17% of Melbourne Airport staff who reside in Moonee Valley and neighbouring Brimbank[1]

  • Visitors to Essendon Airport (with suitable bus connections)

  • Travellers to and from Melbourne Airport seeking parking alternatives.

We're ready to get on board at Airport West.

HOW YOU CAN GET ON BOARD:

  • Register to show your support for a station at Airport West. Subscribe to our campaign at the top right of this page, and your support will help demonstrate to politicians the need for a station at Airport West. We’ll also keep you up-to-date as the campaign progresses.

  • Tell us how you would use a station at Airport West. Leave a comment below to share your story about why a new train station at Airport West is important to you.

  • Vote in our quick poll. Click on the 'Quick Poll' tab below to show your support for a station at Airport West and have your voice heard.

  • Get in touch. You can contact Moonee Valley City Council’s Advocacy Coordinator, Meghan Hopper at mhopper@mvcc.vic.gov.au or on (03) 9243 1127 to find out more.


[1] Census 2016

  • Give Rail Projects Victoria your feedback

    13 days ago
    Have your say rpv postcard front

    Rail Projects Victoria will be holding two pop-up consultations in Moonee Valley over the coming few weeks to seek the community's feedback on the Melbourne Airport Rail Link project. This will help to inform the planning and design of the project and support the business case.

    This is a great opportunity to learn more about the next stages of the project and to let Rail Projects Victoria know directly why you support a station at Airport West.

    Head along to one of the following sessions:

    Westfield Airport West - Thursday 20 June, 11am to 3pm
    Milleara Shopping Centre - Saturday...

    Rail Projects Victoria will be holding two pop-up consultations in Moonee Valley over the coming few weeks to seek the community's feedback on the Melbourne Airport Rail Link project. This will help to inform the planning and design of the project and support the business case.

    This is a great opportunity to learn more about the next stages of the project and to let Rail Projects Victoria know directly why you support a station at Airport West.

    Head along to one of the following sessions:

    Westfield Airport West - Thursday 20 June, 11am to 3pm
    Milleara Shopping Centre - Saturday 22 June, 9am to 1pm

    If you can't make it along in person, you can also have your say by filling out an online survey at railprojects.vic.gov.au/airportrailsurvey.

  • One-stop link off the rails

    about 2 months ago
    Front page mv may2019

    The article on our report from Movement and Place Consulting, exploring the merits of a station at Airport West, has also appeared on the front page of the Moonee Valley Leader this week. It includes a quote from Mayor:

    "Moonee Valley Mayor Narelle Sharpe said the study was an important tool in building a case for a station at Airport West."

    To zoom in on the article and read it in full, visit http://leader.smedia.com.au/moonee-valley/.

    The article on our report from Movement and Place Consulting, exploring the merits of a station at Airport West, has also appeared on the front page of the Moonee Valley Leader this week. It includes a quote from Mayor:

    "Moonee Valley Mayor Narelle Sharpe said the study was an important tool in building a case for a station at Airport West."

    To zoom in on the article and read it in full, visit http://leader.smedia.com.au/moonee-valley/.

  • We're on the front page again

    about 2 months ago
    Front page maribyrnong

    This time, our campaign for a station at Airport West is on the front page of the Maribyrnong Leader! We're spreading the news...

    Council recently commissioned a report by consultants Movement and Place which explores the feasibility of locating a station at Airport West/Keilor Park as part of the Airport Rail Link and Suburban Rail Loop. We're sending a copy of this report to decision makers as they progress with the Business Plan for the Airport Rail Link. It's an important tool in establishing the case for this project.

    You can read the report here.

    This time, our campaign for a station at Airport West is on the front page of the Maribyrnong Leader! We're spreading the news...

    Council recently commissioned a report by consultants Movement and Place which explores the feasibility of locating a station at Airport West/Keilor Park as part of the Airport Rail Link and Suburban Rail Loop. We're sending a copy of this report to decision makers as they progress with the Business Plan for the Airport Rail Link. It's an important tool in establishing the case for this project.

    You can read the report here.

  • A Station for Airport West is Front Page News!

    3 months ago
    Front page

    Did you see the Moonee Valley Leader this week? Our campaign for a station at Airport West is front-page news! We're excited to see the Melbourne Airport Rail Link business case process progress and will continue to advocate for a station at Airport West.


    Did you see the Moonee Valley Leader this week? Our campaign for a station at Airport West is front-page news! We're excited to see the Melbourne Airport Rail Link business case process progress and will continue to advocate for a station at Airport West.


  • Taking our Advocacy to the Minister

    4 months ago
    Ben jacinta mayor

    Today, we took our advocacy for a station at Airport West to the Minister. We are very grateful to local Member for Niddrie, Minister Ben Carroll MP, who was able to set up a meeting between the Mayor, Cr Narelle Sharpe, and Minister for Transport Infrastructure, the Hon. Jacinta Allan MP so that we could put the case on behalf of our community for a station at Airport West. The Mayor presented the Minister with a folio of information about our proposal, including a copy of the comments you have posted on this page showing your support for a station.

    ...

    Today, we took our advocacy for a station at Airport West to the Minister. We are very grateful to local Member for Niddrie, Minister Ben Carroll MP, who was able to set up a meeting between the Mayor, Cr Narelle Sharpe, and Minister for Transport Infrastructure, the Hon. Jacinta Allan MP so that we could put the case on behalf of our community for a station at Airport West. The Mayor presented the Minister with a folio of information about our proposal, including a copy of the comments you have posted on this page showing your support for a station.

    The Minister showed a great deal of awareness of our campaign and indicated that she has visited the area where we are proposing to build a station. She indicated that the Government will consider the proposal for a station at Airport West as they progress the business case for both the Melbourne Airport Rail Link and the Suburban Rail Loop. Great news!

    We need you to continue to add your voice to our campaign for a station at Airport West. You can:

    - leave a comment on this page telling us why a station in Airport West is important to you

    - encourage your friends and family to fill out our QuickPoll in support for a station at Airport West

    - let us know if you can put up a poster in your front window to show your support for a station - contact Meghan at mhopper@mvcc.vic.gov.au and we will get one to you!

  • Federal Government supports Sunshine route

    7 months ago

    In a further update today, the Federal Government has confirmed that they would support the Albion East (Sunshine) route which is also the preferred choice of the current Victorian State Government.

    This route would lead through Keilor Park and Airport West, making a station at Airport West a convenient choice.

    We will now continue our advocacy to both levels of Government to make a station at Airport West a reality!

    You can read more here.


    In a further update today, the Federal Government has confirmed that they would support the Albion East (Sunshine) route which is also the preferred choice of the current Victorian State Government.

    This route would lead through Keilor Park and Airport West, making a station at Airport West a convenient choice.

    We will now continue our advocacy to both levels of Government to make a station at Airport West a reality!

    You can read more here.


  • In the News: Member for Niddrie comments on station campaign

    8 months ago

    The campaign for a station at Airport West has hit the news this week, with the Moonee Valley Leader publishing an article about our campaign. News.com.au subscribers can read the full article here.

    "Airport West may finally be put on the map if Moonee Valley Council wins its fight to have the suburb included as a stop on the rail link to Melbourne Airport," the article opens.

    It also includes a quote from Member for Niddrie, Ben Carroll (ALP) who pledges his support for the idea of a station at Airport West:

    "Niddrie state Labor MP Ben Carroll said...

    The campaign for a station at Airport West has hit the news this week, with the Moonee Valley Leader publishing an article about our campaign. News.com.au subscribers can read the full article here.

    "Airport West may finally be put on the map if Moonee Valley Council wins its fight to have the suburb included as a stop on the rail link to Melbourne Airport," the article opens.

    It also includes a quote from Member for Niddrie, Ben Carroll (ALP) who pledges his support for the idea of a station at Airport West:

    "Niddrie state Labor MP Ben Carroll said he would commit to fighting for the train station.

    “Born and raised in Airport West, I will always advocate for better public transport, including a train station as part of both Airport Rail and Suburban Rail Loop projects,” he said."

    Great news! We're calling on all candidates in the upcoming State election to get on board with our campaign.

  • Thank you for getting on board!

    8 months ago

    It's been just two weeks since we launched this platform and already, we've seen over 100 people visit to let us know how they feel about a station at Airport West. 98% of you think a station at Airport West is a GREAT idea! This kind of support will really help us lobby political decision-makers, so please - encourage your friends and neighbours to vote in our Quick Poll and join the campaign.

    A few of you have asked why we're not advocating for a station at Keilor East rather than, or in addition to Airport West - it's a...

    It's been just two weeks since we launched this platform and already, we've seen over 100 people visit to let us know how they feel about a station at Airport West. 98% of you think a station at Airport West is a GREAT idea! This kind of support will really help us lobby political decision-makers, so please - encourage your friends and neighbours to vote in our Quick Poll and join the campaign.

    A few of you have asked why we're not advocating for a station at Keilor East rather than, or in addition to Airport West - it's a great question. Earlier this year, Moonee Valley Councillors resolved that whichever route was chosen for the Airport Rail Link, Council would advocate for a complimentary station to form part of the link. The resolution from Councillors read:

    That Council:

    1. Write to the Federal and State Transport Ministers, with copies to local MPs and
    neighbouring councils:
    a) Supporting a rail link to Melbourne Airport ;
    b) Requesting that, within Moonee Valley, the preparation of the business
    case include:
    i) Flemington Link – Grade separation at Ascot Vale Road
    ii) Flemington link / Direct Tunnel route – Two stations at Milleara Rd
    and Airport West
    iii) Albion East route – One station at Airport West
    c) Not supporting the Craigieburn line route due to capacity constraints.
    d) Requesting Moonee Valley City Council be consulted on the proposed
    routes and station locations.

    2. Incorporate the Melbourne Airport Rail Link project into Council’s Advocacy
    Strategy.

    3. Receive a further report back following the release of the Melbourne Airport Rail Link business case.

    With the State Government having selected the Albion East (Sunshine) route as their preferred option, Council is choosing to focus its advocacy on a station for Airport West. Why? The route that the Albion East route will follow, will take it through Keilor Park and Airport West - but not through Keilor East. There is also existing rail track infrastructure that flows through Airport West which will likely feature in the plans for the Airport Rail Link.

    Put simply - if the Airport Rail Link follows the Albion East (Sunshine) route, a station at Airport West is the most practical, and possible solution to the lack of rail access in Moonee Valley's north-west.

    Have any more questions about our campaign? We'd love to hear them - please keep posting your comments and questions below!