“Melbourne Airport Rail will change the way passengers move to and from the airport forever, with direct trips of around 30 minutes to the heart of the CBD and easy connections to key services and our growing regions – and with SRL [Suburban Rail Loop] North delivered, passengers will have another direct rail service to the airport,” Ms Allan said.
Monash University public transport expert Professor Graham Currie said that if the surcharge for the Melbourne Airport Rail Link came to $18, that would be “quite reasonable”.
“Sydney Airport, the access charge there is $15, but it’s only 10 kilometres out of the city and Melbourne Airport is 20 kilometres out of the city,” he told 3AW on Monday. “So, $18 is not too bad, if you ask me.”
Professor Currie said even with an $18 surcharge, the line would still be substantially cheaper than a taxi fare or parking.
SkyBus would still be competitive given it could sometimes run services to the airport in fewer than 30 minutes, he said.
Public Transport Users Association spokesman Daniel Bowen told 3AW the potential $18 surcharge was a “pretty competitive fare” for singles.
On the other hand, if you’re travelling in a group, then it adds up pretty quickly. And that may have people discouraged from using the service,” he said. “So I think they really need to be really careful to make sure it’s competitive with other modes to get people on board.”
Along with the Andrews government, the Morrison government has committed $5 billion to the Melbourne Airport Rail Link.
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