Planes, trains and a $5b promise for Vic

April 12, 2018

Malcolm Turnbull has pledged $5b for a Melbourne airport rail link, and wants Victoria to match it.

The federal government is set to promise $5 billion for a Melbourne airport train line and is suggesting the Victorian government gets on board with a 50-50 funding split.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will announce the funding pledge on Thursday, News Corp Australia reports.

The funding could mean construction starts as early as 2020, with a route selected from a business case already underway.

Mr Turnbull has written to Premier Daniel Andrews suggesting the two governments put in equal funding for the project, possibly using $2 billion Victoria will get from selling it's share of the Snowy Hydro Scheme.

Mr Andrews said in 2016 airport rail wasn't a top priority.

But in the last budget the state government funded the current business case.

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