Victoria's recently-elected Liberal government is set to begin a study on the viability of a rail link to Melbourne Airport by June this year.
The study will be finished by the end of 2012, and is part of a $6.5 million pre-election commitment by the Liberals.
Taxi companies reportedly take $2 million per week in fares from ferrying passengers in and out of Melbourne Airport. A taxi from the airport to a CBD hotel currently costs around $52, or $73 to an inner eastern suburb.
Melbourne Airport's Ground Transport Plan, produced before the change of government, said the government had committed to start constructing the track last year, demonstrating that the Liberal's promise to start a new study is little more than yet another delay.
Melbourne's The Age newspaper has a detailed analysis on the long and sorry history of Melbourne's long-promised, but always-delayed airport rail link, dating all the way back to 1963.
The previous government's plan promised a new twin-track rail link from West Werribee to Southern Cross Station via Tarneit and Sunshine, and new platforms at Southern Cross Station, which would separate regional and metropolitan train services.
The track would have provided rapid access for people living in Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo -- a measure designed to make living in those regional centres more attractive, to ease house-price pressure in Melbourne.
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