The Victorian Government’s Melbourne Airport Rail Project will be led by an eight-member consortium, comprising peak-bodies within the transport and infrastructure industries.

The Sunshine Systems Alliance includes; John Holland, CPB Contractors, AECOM, KBR, Alstom, Metro Trains Melbourne, V/Line and Rail Projects Victoria.

The consortium will begin detailed planning and design for the airport rail project, along with early works on site, in the Sunshine and Albion areas.  

The project will establish Sunshine Station as a transport superhub, connecting airport trains with the metro and regional rail networks. 

The Sunshine Systems Alliance will also deliver a corridor-wide rail system and signalling upgrades to allow High Capacity Metro Trains to travel to the new Airport station. 

John Holland CEO, Joe Barr, said Melbourne Airport Rail will shape a new era of travel for Victoria, transforming connections between the rest of Australia and the world, and strengthening trade access. 

“This is an historic and transformative project for Victoria, and we are incredibly proud to be part of the preferred consortium to deliver the first package of works,” Mr Barr said. 

“Along with our partnership on the city-shaping Metro Tunnel, John Holland is thrilled to be  involved in delivering another major rail project as part of the Victorian Government’s Big Build  program.”  

As part of the works, the consortium will deliver major improvements including: 

  • A new accessible second pedestrian concourse and new forecourt area at Sunshine Station 
  • A new forecourt area and car park improvements at Albion Station 
  • Construction of an elevated flyover at Albion separating airport trains from metropolitan and regional services 
  • Relocation and implementation of rail systems, modifications to substations, and protection of existing utilities

When completed in 2029, Melbourne Airport Rail will provide passengers with an around 30-minute trip between the airport and Melbourne’s CBD, and support seamless connections to both the regional and metropolitan rail networks.

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