Airport Rail Link

Do you want a train station to service Airport West and Keilor East? Us too! That's why we're advocating for one.

HOW YOU CAN GET ON BOARD:

Keen to show your support for a station at Airport West? There's a number of ways you can join the campaign.

  • Get your own yard sign or poster. Want to tell the whole neighbourhood that you support a station at Airport West? We're happy to bring you your own yard sign or poster! Contact Meghan at mhopper@mvcc.vic.gov.au or 9243 1127 to register your request.

  • 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.

There's also a Change.org petition which has been started by a member of the community - you can join the more than 700 signatures to date here.


WHAT WE'RE ASKING FOR

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

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 project includes a number of new stations earmarked for Melbourne's South and East.

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.

But with the route set to travel through Airport West, we think it's a perfect opportunity to address a longstanding rail transport black hole.

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


WHY IT'S NEEDED

Did you know:

  • 7,564 people live in Airport West, with a further 14,514 people residing in neighbouring Keilor East
  • Close to 12,000 people work in Essendon Fields and Airport West, with that number projected to grow to over 27,000 in the coming years
  • 8.4% of Melbourne Airport staff reside in Moonee Valley
  • Just 9% of Airport West residents currently travel by train to work.

A new station at Airport West would connect our area to the rail transport network, ease congestion, help local business to thrive and make it easier for residents to get around.

Are you ready to get on board at Airport West?


Do you want a train station to service Airport West and Keilor East? Us too! That's why we're advocating for one.

HOW YOU CAN GET ON BOARD:

Keen to show your support for a station at Airport West? There's a number of ways you can join the campaign.

  • Get your own yard sign or poster. Want to tell the whole neighbourhood that you support a station at Airport West? We're happy to bring you your own yard sign or poster! Contact Meghan at mhopper@mvcc.vic.gov.au or 9243 1127 to register your request.

  • 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.

There's also a Change.org petition which has been started by a member of the community - you can join the more than 700 signatures to date here.


WHAT WE'RE ASKING FOR

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

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 project includes a number of new stations earmarked for Melbourne's South and East.

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.

But with the route set to travel through Airport West, we think it's a perfect opportunity to address a longstanding rail transport black hole.

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


WHY IT'S NEEDED

Did you know:

  • 7,564 people live in Airport West, with a further 14,514 people residing in neighbouring Keilor East
  • Close to 12,000 people work in Essendon Fields and Airport West, with that number projected to grow to over 27,000 in the coming years
  • 8.4% of Melbourne Airport staff reside in Moonee Valley
  • Just 9% of Airport West residents currently travel by train to work.

A new station at Airport West would connect our area to the rail transport network, ease congestion, help local business to thrive and make it easier for residents to get around.

Are you ready to get on board at Airport West?


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If Airport West is the ONLY option then let’s get it done pronto!! Although I agree with many others in saying Keilor East desperately needs a train!! It is a simple solution. The train line already exists through Airport West and East Keilor. You could easily convert it to dual gauge and run it from the airport a few kilometres away. Essendon station is no longer an option for residents to go to as there is no available parking and trains are over capacity now.

Wayne 14 days ago

East Keilor needs a train line. Our closest station is Essendon so it’s almost quicker to drive into the city than it is to drive to the station, and of course there is never any parking available anyway. Airport West residents at least have the option of the tram, whereas East Keilor has one bus. Ideally there would be stations at both East Keilor and somewhere near Westfield so that those that can’t drive could catch a train to Westfield to do their shopping. It’s not that hard to work out Government sheep. Stop letting costs dictate what should be a standard service in inner Melbourne when you are prepared to throw a lazy billion on tearing up a piece of paper.

Lisa Pardo 26 days ago

I have lived in Airport West for 46 years. I feel that there should have been a railway station years ago. As a community we do have access to public transport such as tram and buses. The problem is some of Airport West and the surrounding areas still don’t have access to that (the bottom part of Airport West and some of Tullamarine). The trams may run on time but the buses are a whole different matter they are either running late all the time or they leave early and they only run every half hour. The buses are a bad service in Airport West and the areas they do service. This station would also take the pressure off other stations that people may use now. This would help Airport West and all of the surrounding areas as well as bring in more business. You never know if it happens it could be put at Westfield and maybe they would then pay for some of it.

kangaz13 about 1 month ago

We completely agree Airport West needs to station and are pleased to see you are advocating for it.But you have overlooked Keilor East. It has the larger population and certainly has the room. There is a lot of vacant land just of Keilor Park Drive for a new suburban station.If we have that many trains rolling through our suburb (Keilor East), then surely the larger population should benefit from a station?Please advocate for both.Please visit the facbook page and joinhttps://www.facebook.com/KeilorEastStation/ ps i currently drive all the way to Coburb station everyday as Essendon Station has no available parking and you have to squeeze on like sardines

Keilor East Station about 1 month ago

I strongly support the addition of a train station at Airport West, but honestly; the current rail network plans don't even come close to addressing the embarrassing under-served black hole of public transport in Melbourne's North-West.The Airport rail link really needs to be built as a new, direct line through Maribyrnong, Avondale Heights, Keilor East, Airport West etc.Currently if you live in most of these suburbs, you might be living less than 10km from the Melbourne CBD yet it will either take you over an hour through multiple bus/train changeovers to travel in to work, or require you to just drive 2/3 of the journey distance to reach the nearest train station anyway.When I saw the business case for the suburban rail loop suggested adding four new stations to the southeast, and ZERO new station in the west it was like a slap in the face.I understand that historically the policy makers have significantly preferenced serving the rich-folk over in the southeast rather than the poors over in the west, but these rail plans just seem like blatant pork-barrel politics.

khdownes about 1 month ago

I live in Airport West and travel to the CBD for work 6 days a week and also frequently fly out on business from Tullarmarine. Living in this suburb can be a problem using public transport to get the airport, trying to catch a taxi from the airport can prove to be challenging as the taxi drivers don't want to take a short ride but of course it really isn't a short walk!!!! To me it seems like a no brainer to have an airport in Airport West, the suburb is growing substantially with a much younger generation moving in that need to travel for work.

bri_scully about 1 month ago

I live in airport west and travel to Melbourne cbd for work everyday. My commute, like so many others in the region involves driving to essendon or glenbervie stations where I park in a residential street. Driving 7km each way to get to a train station is just crazy, yes, there is the tram but I live on the furthest side of airport west, and with the congestion on Keilor road the tram is a slow and unweildly option. Other friends in the area have given up on PT altogether an just drive to Melbourne instead. A train station in APW would remove many cars from essendon and surrounding suburbs, and the Tullamarine freeway. Commute times for cbd commuters would be reduced by 20+ minutes each way! The suburb is growing substantially with older 70s houses being demolished and replaced by townhouses, this is essential infrastructure for the area!

Lauren 4 months ago

I live in Airport West and work in Geelong. At the moment, there is no public transport available for me to use and I have to drive 20mins to Deer Park Station and jump on the the vline everyday.Airport West is a public transport blackhole no matter where you want to travel.

Gary 4 months ago

I believe that we require train station in Airport West where is connected to last stop of tram 59. Therefore it will benefit from business and most of residents in Moonee Valley. Also it is another option to reach the CBD for travelers in case of maintenance or catastrophic event in the part of the Airport Link.

yunyun_zhang 5 months ago

I don't live in the area, but think putting in a train station at airport west is a great idea. It would help ease traffic congestion around Keillor road and make the area more accessible. The closest station being at Essendon is no longer practical, as this is already bursting at the scenes... Well overdue infrastructure and heavily needed as traffic congestion becomes intolerable with the number of apartments going up on Keilor road. Moonee valley. You are collecting a lot more rates, it's about time you lobbied hard to get the proper transport infrastructure in to support what you are happy to collect in additional rates... Eli

Eli 5 months ago

Fantastic news to near airport west is being considered for a station, wow wow wow, so so needed. This pocket is very underresourced for rail, Ben Carroll,has been lobbying for Niddrie and Airport West for many years. I have written Daniel Andrews,sent numerous posts and correspondence about the need for a station. Ignored... From Avondale Heights, East Keilor, Niddrie, Airport West, Tullamarine. NO STATIONS why..... lets get behind this local residents now is the time to shout it out loud, We need a station to the airport, we need a station to the city.how many taxis have refused to take me to Niddrie, hundreds, too short a trip, no other transport u less for a 10 kilometre trip you take public transport to airport, it takes 1hr 20 mins to go 10 kilometres. Where else in Melbourne does it take 1.20 mins to go 10 kilometres. Please tell me. Where you go into the city away from your destination, then back past where you started to take you where you need to go. Insanity. Our transport is the worst i have ever travelled on. It’s quicker to go from Geelong to the airport than from Niddrie to airport. Mmmmmmm Mmm try to get to the city from Niddrie, walk, bus, tram, train...airport west in under 1.5 hours. , go figure we are 11 kilometres from CBD tram 60mins if you are lucky with traffic in busy times. Drive to Essendon station no parks available, traffic takes 20 minutes. We need a station For our corridor of suburbs mentioned above. It’s not rocket science line has been there for years. I’m so tired of this please build it and they will come,

Isa 5 months ago

Being a resident of Keilor Park it would be a great benefit to have a closer station than essendon. A station at westfield is good as long as there is enough parking available for commuters

KParkresident 5 months ago

I support a train station at either east Keilor or airport west which are both mostly public transport black holes

SamanthaN 7 months ago

Absolutely needed, constantly driving kids to Essendon Station for access to city. Or needs to walk to tram stop the train from city. Airport West growing all the time

Shadchiti 8 months ago

Airport West is the obvious choice with a bus hub servicing other suburbs and the rail line near the shopping centre. The shopping Centre could be redeveloped at the same time. This should have been done forty years ago.

michaelgreenhalgh3 9 months ago

I think having a train station at Airport West will benefit many and most importantly it will be of great benefit to those who arrive from Tullamarine Airport who may wish to use the train line as well. There is currently a bus from Melbourne Airport that goes to Airport West but it is not that often. Most major cities in the world provide a train station close to their airports, especially for backpackers etc

Mitch13 9 months ago

I hope MVCC is not wasting my rate payer money again on a hidden agenda campaign like the Buckley st rail crossing. Your job is parks and rubbish collection.

Pete 9 months ago

We need a complete intra-western Suburbs train line. Ben Carroll, Shorten and others need to focus on getting stations at key hubs in their Electorates. Use the key Shopping Centres in the Electorates - Westfield Airport West, Milleara Mall, Highpoint. If not Highpoint then on the west side of the proposed new Residential Estate at the defunct Ammunitions Factory (Intersection of Rosamond and Maribynong Roads). In 50 Years the single dwelling house and duel occupancy sites in Aiport West, Keilor Park, East Keilor, Niddrie, Avondale Heights and Maribynong will change to multiple dwellings per site (more than two dwellings per site) and over 3 stories high. This a 100 Year plus investment in infrastructure to ensure the west is a best practice liveable and dynamic environment.

Mickey P 9 months ago

The QUICK POLL is slanted to get the response you want. Of course if AIRPORT WEST is the only option offered then of course you are going to get all of the voltes. Why isn't EAST KEILOR on the table. IF it was considered you would get a more accurate response.,

Gloria S 9 months ago

Why is MVCC advocating a train station at Airport West? Airport West already has a tram line that services both the shopping centre and Essendon Fields.On the other hand EAST KEILOR and the northern part of AVONDALE HEIGHTS have nothing. The poor people complaining about the time their tram takes to reach the city should live in EAST KEILOR where they would have something to complain about. EAST KEILOR is also the suburb which has the highest proportion of senior residents who no longer drive. Including the photo of the AIRPORT WEST tram in your photo means you do realize that "you already have a tram."

Gloria S 9 months ago