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

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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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 months ago

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

SamanthaN 5 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 months ago

I think having a rail station in airport west will be a great project it will benefit airport west and all surrounding suburbs you can get dropped off and go to airport or to city and it should be build around Westfield shopping centre, lived in airport west for 25 years now I live in Keilor east it will be a shame if the train just went through and locals don't get any benefit by the rail link

Peter bonfa 7 months ago

Every time I am Westfield Airport West, I can see a train line and a nearby plane taking off. Seems like a quick way to use existing infrastructure and deliver an airport link solution.

addymelb 8 months ago

The tram takes far too long to get into the city and trying to get a car park near a station on the Cragieburn line gets harder and harder. A train station at Airport West would mean no more reliance on cars to get to a train station for those nearby and would increase patronage at Westfield Airport West. This in turn could lead to expansion and a better shopping experience more akin to Highpoint for people further out of Melbourne. There is a train line already running along the back of Westfield so infrastructure is already partly there.

HW17 8 months ago

While a train station would be great for Airport West, there are other suburbs in Mooney Valley that have less public transport options. The residents of East Keilor and Avondale Heights only have the option of a bus or a car for commuting. Why isn't the council advocating for these suburbs given that they arguably have a greater need?

Tony 8 months ago

The State Disability Plan and in particular, the report 'Transport Needs of People with a Disability' highlights the impacts of inadequate public transport structure for people with a disability and identifies train travel as the 2nd highest preferred mode of transport. The most recent Cenus indicates that Airport West has a higher percentage of people with a disability than that of the wider Moonee Valley community and is also higher again than the percentage of people living with a profound and significant disability in Greater Melbourne as a whole. Airport West also has a higher percentage than the state average of people providing unpaid care for someone with a profound and significant disability. People with disabilities and those people caring for them who reside in Airport West would benefit enormously from a train station in Airport West. Trains are by far easier to access than trams or buses. Access to a train station in their suburb would increase their ease of accessibility to their community and the wider Greater Melbourne, leading to an improved quality of life.
Further to disability transport needs, consideration must be given to the age demographics of Airport West. Almost 14% of residents make up people aged 10-24, a large proportion of people requiring access to good public transport options in the absence of a drivers licence. They are also a demographic largely made up of students attending secondary and tertiary education who incidentally fall also into the lower end of the economic scale, historically being proportionally reliant on public transport.
People aged 65 years and older make up more than 20% of the population in Airport West. In comparison the national average percentage is only approx. 15% of the population falling into this age range. With a reduction in mobility and access to a drivers licence in the aged population, adequate and accessible public transport is critical in maintaining their independence, daily living requirements, community contact and quality of life. These figures are supported by the 2016 Census and Victorian State Disability Plan documents.

ALD2018 8 months ago

A train station would make life a lot easier for students getting to school.

MO76 8 months ago