The Melbourne Airport Rail Link (MARL) is set to become a reality after the Victorian and federal Australian governments formally signed off on the project on 13 March.
A Heads of Agreement document set out the strategic objectives, governance arrangements, and information sharing processes for the AUD10 billion (USD7.10 billion) project.
A team will be established to develop a full business case by 2020 for the project, which will not only connect Melbourne Airport to the rail network for the first time, but also integrate it with the Metro Tunnel and the future Suburban Rail Loop, as well as pave the way for fast rail to the regions.
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