Melbourne Airport Rail Link
Daniel Andrews announced today that the long-awaited Airport Rail Link would be built and operational by December 2015.
Part of the Melbourne Metro Rail Project, the new link will transform Melbourne's rail network into an international-style metro system. The link will operate 12 carriages to and from Melbourne Airport at 10 minute intervals providing passengers with a service direct from Melbourne Airport direct to Southern Cross Station.
The Victorian State Government has purchased the remaining carriages and infrastructure from the Sydney monorail.
He went on to say, believe it or not the carriages were for sale on Gumtree. Twenty-two Sydney monorail carriages were being sold on Gumtree for $3,000 each so we snapped them up along with the infrastructure at the bargain price of $1M.
No land will need to be acquired as it will run down the centre of the Tullamarine Freeway, he said.
We had long known the monorail was for sale. From the 45 carriages removed, 14 currently appear in museums around NSW, including the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo. But there were still 22 large carriages heaped together in the corner of a small workshop yard in St Peters and they have proved a hard sell despite their versatile nature.
In October 2013, Google purchased two carriages for 25,000 and paid an estimated $250,000 to install them in their new Sydney offices at Pyrmont. Twenty-one carriages have been shipped to a Taiwanese amusement park.
❊ Web Links ❊
→ Melbourne Airport Rail Link
→ For sale on Gumtree: Sydney monorail | smh.com.au
→ Why was Sydney monorail removed?
→ Melbourne International Airport
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