With the state and federal governments set to sign off on the cheaper option of connecting the airport rail link to the suburban network, the Victorian Greens have called on both governments to recommit to a Broadmeadows connection.
The original Suburban Rail Loop strategic assessment included a Broadmeadows connection in the airport rail link section, however it has been shifted to a later stage in subsequent plans.
The Greens support the proposed Albion corridor from Sunshine but say it must connect through to Broadmeadows to cater to airport workers and travellers living in the northern suburbs.
Quotes attributable to Member for Brunswick, Dr Tim Read:
“The reality is airport workers and travellers living in the northern suburbs are unlikely to travel out to Sunshine to access the airport by train, and will continue to drive instead.
“Extending the airport rail link from Sunshine through to Broadmeadows will ensure airport workers and travellers living in the northern suburbs can access the airport by train.
“Without the Broadmeadows connection, those who live closest to the airport and the most frequent potential users of airport rail will miss out.”