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Travel time to Melbourne Airport could be halved

An artists’ impression of proposed airport station.

Peddle Thorp is a member of a consortium that is looking at monorail technology that would cut CBD to airport travel time to Tullamarine in half.

Working with the strategy, planning, and development company Peter O’Brien Projects which has been developing the air-shuttle project for three years, the architecture firm is examining similar systems that have successfully operated for a decade in countries such as Russia, China and Italy.

The proposal is for a light rail system that would operate every two minutes, travelling at 100 kmh, getting commuters from the CBD to the airport in a quarter of an hour.

Operating 24 hours a day, the air-shuttle, or “Airport Express”, will also be completely sustainable, with very low emissions as it will use electric motors with power recuperation braking.

Image of proposed Airport Express Monorail.

Peter O’Brien Projects believe it will be the first truly environmentally-friendly public transport system in Australia.

Other criteria examine the need for a minimum of 75 per cent local content throughout construction, including civil works.

Operating from Southern Cross Station, Airport Express is planning to operate on one-metre-wide concrete guide-ways, elevated in publicly-owned airspace and with driverless trains, operated from a control centre.

The Airport Express also says 750 jobs wuld be created while it is built, which is estimated to cost $1.5 billion for Stage One to Southern Cross station.

Earlier this year, Infrastructure Australia identified a CBD rail link as one of its preferred national projects.

The airshuttle would make the shortest trip between Southern Cross station and the airport about 15 minutes with silent, rubber-tyred trains running every two to four minutes, 24 hours a day.

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