Just out of curiosity, how successful have the Brisbane and Sydney airport
links been? I remember reading somewhere the PPP that built the Sydney link collapsed and has since been taken over by a major bank. You have to pay a hefty fee just for getting off at those stations, on top of your normal fare.
I'm sure someone like AG knows better.
The Sydney and Brisbane Airport rail
links have come up with quite different performances since they were opened to traffic in 2000 and 2001 respectively. Even with lower passenger numbers at Brisbane Airport
, the rail
link to it has been more successful than the Sydney Airport
link. The Brisbane Airport
Line was funded by a small number of businesses including Macquarie Bank and ABN AMRO under a BOOT scheme. The cost of one way travel from the Brisbane CBD to Brisbane Airport
is $13, for a distance of about 15km, and the service permanently runs limited express to Brisbane Airport
(stops only at Eagle Junction north of the main city stations and Bowen Hills). It's quite competitive compared to other forms of transport leading into the airport
now, as the roads leading in and out of the airport
have been suffering from congestion in recent times, hence the planning and commencement of the new Gateway Motorway upgrade and new Airport
Link leading from inner northern Brisbane. The train line also has quite quick travel times to the Gold Coast as most trains from Brisbane Airport
run right through to the Gold Coast as express services. It operated at a loss for a few years after opening, partly due to lower than expected passenger numbers resulting from 911, but has been operating with a profit since 2005.
The Sydney Airport rail
link is operated differently to the Brisbane Airport
link. Kingsford Smith Airport
is a lot closer to the Sydney CBD than the Brisbane Airport
is to the Brisbane CBD (less than 10km). A trip from Central to the Domestic Terminal costs about $13-14 IIRC, but the trip is quite slow as all airport
train services are always all station services, and passengers to the airport
compete for space with normal suburban commuters continuing through to the East Hills line. The four train stations on the Airport
Link (Green Square, Mascot, Domestic Terminal and International Terminal) have an extra charge on top of them called a GateFare, a charge simply for passing through the turnstiles at the train stations. It's not very competitive, partly due to the high price for such a slow service, and also heavy competition from the bus and taxi services serving Kingsford Smith Airport
. Also the M5 East Motorway and Southern Cross Drive makes travel times by car significantly quicker than by train. Westpac now owns the Airport