Recently, the Australian Government pledged $30 million in addition to the Victorian Government’s $10m for the development of a business case for a rail link between Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport and city, much to the delight of many Victorians.

A train between the airport and city may seem like a no-brainer for Melbourne, but are there details that may derail our expectations?

Join us for the third instalment of RMIT Centre for Urban Research’s Talking Transport series where we bring together leading experts from government, academia, industry and the community sector, to explore and identify real solutions for our city’s future mobility.

The panelists will be seeking to address:

  • Should the link be privately or publicly owned?
  • How will that affect ticket pricing?
  • What route should the link take?
  • Should it be part of the Melbourne Metro?
  • Should it be built before or after the Metro?
  • What mistakes have other cities similar to Melbourne made and how can we avoid it?
  • Should the airport rail should be our #1 priority or are there other public transport projects or issues more deserving of immediate attention?



Michael Buxton, Professor of Environment and Planning RMIT University

Airport freeway, Melbourne, Victoria. Image by Phillip Capper via Flickr/CC BY 2.0


RMIT University Storey Hall, 336–348 Swanston St, Building 16 Level 7 , RMIT University, Melbourne


31 May 2017