Many of Australia’s main airports are behind the times in terms of providing sufficient, affordable public transport. A Public Transport Users Association report found that by 2021, 83 per cent of the world’s busiest airports will have rail services. Australia is clearly lagging behind, with only Sydney and Brisbane equipped with an airport line.
Improving existing rail links and developing new, high-quality services nationwide that are practical and affordable has a number of pros:
By 2021, 83 per cent of the world’s busiest airports will have rail services.
- Increased patronage on existing lines
The Sydney and Brisbane rail lines were set up to relieve the traffic congestion entering these major transport hubs However, many travellers are put off by the high ticket prices. This problem is particularly acute in Sydney, where an ‘airport access fee’ hikes up the cost of a rail ticket to an impractical level.
Reducing or removing these fees has been up for discussion in the NSW Parliament since 2014, and would represent a positive step towards increasing patronage. Developing better rail links requires state transport bodies to rethink how they operate underachieving services currently. Lowering service prices should ultimately lead to an increase in ridership and ticket sales.
Improving the airport rail links in Sydney and Brisbane airport will increase patronage.
- Lowering traffic congestion
Traffic congestion in airports across Australia is a rising concern for airport operators – but in the case of many terminals, cars are simply the most feasible way of getting to the door:
- Travel between Perth’s International and Domestic terminals requires a 9km, 15 minute shuttle journey.
- It costs a shocking $20 to travel less than 18km to the CBD on Hobart’s only airport shuttle bus service.
- Melbourne Tullamarine, gateway to Australia’s fastest growing city, is still no closer to a rail link despite the Federal Government allocating $30 million to develop the case last year. Those who need to travel to the city may decide to use something like Melbourne Parking on Parkhound instead.
With no other regular and affordable options, constructing rail links between the state’s major metropolitan areas and their airports represents the perfect opportunity to limit traffic congestion.
Tourists will feel the sting of inadequate transport links from Australia’s airports more and more as tourism grows.
- Improving the visitor experience
Tourism Research Australia shows the industry is now worth approximately $54.7 billion. It’s essential that tourists are provided with adequate transport options to navigate Australia – with the first step coming at the front door of the airport. The poor infrastructure most Australian terminals have currently could be driving travellers away at the cost of millions.
Developing rail links for Australia’s main airports isn’t just about increasing current sales or reducing traffic congestion – it’s about backing the nation’s future as a growing economy. And who better to back this future than experts in rail engineering solutions?
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