Australia’s Victorian Government has announced the plan for the next stage of Avalon Airport Rail Link from Melbourne to Geelong.
The project is part of the Melbourne Rail Link project and the government’s $24bn transport infrastructure budget.
Premier Denis Napthine said: "Having two international curfew-free airports, both with rail links, gives Victoria a massive economic advantage, especially compared with other states, by allowing for increased competition in the aviation industry and improved tourism access."
The Avalon Airport Rail Link project includes the construction of 6.5km-long passenger rail link between the existing Geelong railway line and the Avalon Airport passenger terminal, a 1km section of the link on Commonwealth-owned airport land and three potential route alignments, Western, Central and Eastern, as possible locations for the reservations.
The Victorian government has conducted a comprehensive study to develop the preferred alignment for the Avalon Airport Rail Link and the Greater Geelong planning scheme has made an amendment to develop the reservation for the rail link.
Officials have displayed the documents at the city of Greater Geelong, Geelong Regional Library (Lara), Avalon Airport and Regional Development Victoria’s Barwon south-west region office between 19 September and 27 October.
Public transport minister Terry Mulder said: "All submissions will be considered by an independent panel, which will make recommendations to the minister for planning, who will then make a decision on whether to approve the amendment."