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Planning and investigations

Before construction of a major infrastructure project can commence, investigations and planning activities are undertaken to help inform project designs and decision making.

Site investigations

A range of investigation activities are currently being undertaken all along our alignment to help us understand existing conditions. Investigation activities include identifying existing utilities, drainage infrastructure, flora and fauna studies, cultural heritage studies, examining current transport network operations (road, rail, cycling, pedestrian) and geotechnical conditions.

Stakeholder and community engagement

We have been engaging with stakeholders and the community since 2018 to understand how Melbourne Airport Rail might affect stakeholders, businesses and the local community located along the route and how the project can best manage construction and operational changes. Engagement to date has included letters to residents and businesses adjacent to the rail line between Sunshine Station and Melbourne Airport, notifications regarding early site investigations, stakeholder meetings, an online community survey and information pop-ups to raise awareness of the project. We will continue to engage with the community throughout the development of the project.

Planning and design work

Our teams are working hard behind the scenes, utilising information obtained from site investigation and engagement activities to continue developing project designs.

Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act

The Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act came into operation on 1 November 2009. The Acting Premier of Victoria declared the Melbourne Airport Rail project and appointed the Minister for Transport Infrastructure to be the Project Minister on 3 June 2021. The project was declared for the purpose of applying the delivery powers under the Act (ie. excluding Parts 3 and 8 of the Act).

Inforgraphic showing: 5,150 metres drilled investigating ground conditions; 203 boreholes drilled; 83 boreholes converted into monitoring wells; 3,519 utility pits surveyed as part of extensive utility and drainage surveys; ~2,500 field hours locating utilities; ~30 km of vegetation mapping; Targeted surveys for flora and fauna species