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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.