State Government Exposed Yet Again: A new runway and no rail link “a bit of a fait accompli”

A third runway at Melbourne Airport would create a Tullamarine traffic nightmare if no rail link was built to go with it, according to the operator of rival Avalon Airport.

Chief executive of Avalon Airport Justin Giddings says he believes the new runway has state government support and is “a bit of a fait accompli”, despite the infrastructure and noise problems it could create.

Speaking on ABC radio on Wednesday, Mr Giddings also said a new rail link to Avalan would cost $150 million, compared to the “billions” to put one through to Melbourne Airport.

He said Tullamarine’s third runway would ultimately be a federal government decision even though it was the Victorian government that had to pay for upgraded transport links to the expanded airport.

“In my recent discussions with state bureaucrats, it is a little bit of a fait accompli. I think they are in favour of it,” he said.
Stephen Cauchi, The Age, November 21, 2012