Work Begins On Melbourne’s Newest Heavy Rail Technology Line

Work Begins On Melbourne’s Newest Heavy Rail Technology Line

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews

Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

Work Begins On The Melbourne Metro Rail Project

Victor P Taffa

Work has begun on one of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects: two 9-km underground rail tunnels that will transform Melbourne’s public transport system.

“This is the project that solves it all more services, fewer delays and better public transport.” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

“It’s the relief valve that ends the traffic jam in the City Loop so more trains can run on every line.”



Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, in Parkville today to announce the establishment of the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority.

$40 Million in funding from Labor’s $300 Million election commitment has been fast-tracked to establish the Authority and start work on the project as soon as possible.

VIC Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

VIC Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan








“If we don’t build Melbourne Metro Rail now, our public transport system will grind to a halt.” Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said.

“We’re getting straight to work, creating thousands of jobs and building the projects that our state needs.”

The Authority will oversee immediate planning works, complete development of the Reference Design and undertake detailed site investigations.

The project, which will create 3,500 jobs during peak construction, also includes five new underground stations to be located at

  • Arden,
  • Parkville,
  • CBD North,
  • CBD South,
  • Domain.

Melbourne Metro Rail, which links the Sunbury and Cranbourne/Pakenham rail lines, is the foundation for the world-class public transport system that Victorians deserve. It will:

  • Significantly increase the capacity of the whole system, so more trains can run more often
  • Pave the way for the construction and extension of train lines in growth areas
  • Transform our system into an international-style metro, similar to those in London and Hong Kong

The project also links passengers to Melbourne’s university and hospital precinct, and to major employment centres in Parkville and St. Kilda Rd.

Project consultation and a business case update will commence immediately. An Expression of Interest will be released in 2016 with major construction expected to commence in 2018.


Victoria's Famous Flinders Street Railway Station, Melbourne

Victoria’s Famous Flinders Street Railway Station, Melbourne










Metro Rail Technology vs Heavy Rail Technology

Metro Rail for Melbourne is like the argument of Metro Rail for Sydney. In 2008 the New South Wales Parliament passed the Metro Rail Authority Act and with it a Metro Rail Authority.

As Metro Rail Technology does not exist in Australia, this will mean the importation of all maintenance requirements, parts and labour.

There are many ways in which the Victoria Government can proceed with other improvements that can be made at a cost considerably lower than a new Metro Rail system.

Driverless Trains

In 1984, Editor Victor P Taffa and his entire family went on a holiday to the United States including a visit to San Francisco. Travel Agents encouraged people to try the new BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). In travelling on the BART the comment that was made about the new driver-less train was “What is the fuss all about?”

San Francisco’s driverless BART is NO better and NO worse than the Heavy Rail Sydney trains.

When Government’s of all colours want to simply reinvent the wheel rather make sound improvements to what is in place the public has a right to ask questions from Government’s who fail to deliver results.

The first public Railway that operated in Victoria ran from Flinders Street to Port Melbourne in 1854 while the first public Railway to operate in New South Wales ran from Sydney to Parramatta in 1855.

The public has a right to ask why Government’s of all colours have failed to expand and improve OUR Railways gradually over several decades.

Then VIC Premier Ted Baillieu

Then VIC Premier Ted Baillieu









Having been to Melbourne on many occasions in an article entitled Melbourne Railway Expansion & Improvements in The Southern Thunderer on 16 March 2011 in the Transport Page, Editor Victor P Taffa wrote and published the following article:

Melbourne Railway Improvements & Expansion

Railway Improvements and Expansion as listed here are some Plans that would be implemented over a period of time in the same manner that the Railway Expansion Plans in are a 30 year Plan.

These are in addition to Election Commitments announced by the Liberal/National Parties for the November 2010 State Election. Trams and Trains are not competitors but complement each other. These Plans have been drawn up with firsthand experience and use of the Melbourne UBD 2011 45th Edition Street Directory.

The Plans as announced by the Liberal/National Parties on 14 November 2010 with Editor Victor P Taffa in attendance are published in The Southern Thunderer and entitled Liberal Campaign Launch Plan Number 1-7 as contained in the Elections Page.

Copies of these additional plans have been sent to Victoria Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder and other Baillieu Government Ministers.

Then VIC Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder

Then VIC Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder









Existing And Planned Stations Are As Follows:

Alamein Line Extension:

  • Alamein
  • East Malvern
  • Darling
  • Glen Iris
  • Gardiner

Avalon Airport Line:

  • Southern Cross
  • North Melbourne
  • Footscray
  • Newport
  • Werribee (Then New Alignment)
  • Avalon Airport
  • Corio

Burnley-Jolimont Direct Connection:

  • Ease Congestion at 10 Platform Richmond Station
  • Double Track Y Link to West Richmond
  • Richmond Station serves 8 Lines
  • Jolimont Station serves 2 Lines

Craigieburn Line Extension:

  • Craigieburn
  • Wollert
  • Epping

Cranbourne Line Extension:

  • Cranbourne
  • Cranbourne East
  • Cranbourne South
  • Double Track Y Link between Langwarrin and Leawarra
  • Leawarra

Doncaster via Clifton Hill Line:

  • Clifton Hill
  • Double Track Y Junction to Westgarth
  • Alphington South
  • Kew East
  • Balwyn North
  • Doncaster
  • Doncaster East
  • Blackburn North
  • Blackburn

Epping Line Extension:

  • Epping
  • Mill Park (On Old Line)
  • Yarrambat
  • Diamond Creek
  • Hurstbridge

Flinders Street Station:

  • All Surface Platforms re-tiled
  • All Surface Platforms with Electronic Indicator Boards

Glen Waverley Line Extension:

  • Glen Waverley
  • Wantirna South
  • Rowville
  • Lysterfield
  • Ferntree Gully

Lilydale Line Extension:

  • Lilydale
  • Coldstream
  • Yering
  • Tarrawarra
  • Healesville
  • Chum Creek
  • Yarra Glen
  • Christmas Hills
  • Panton Hill
  • Hurstbridge

Melbourne Airport Line:

  • Albion
  • Sunshine North (On Old Line)
  • Keilor Park (On Old Line)
  • Melbourne Airport
  • Tram Platforms Alongside Railway Platforms
  • West Meadows
  • Attwood
  • Coolaroo

Pakenham Line Extension:

  • Pakenham
  • Officer
  • Beaconsfield
  • Berwick
  • Narre Warren North
  • Narre Warren East
  • Belgrave South
  • Belgrave Heights
  • Tecoma

High-Speed Rail:

  • Flinders Street Station Re-commission Platform 11

Stations Missing On Melbourne Train Network Map:

  • Langwarrin
  • Lyndhurst

Stony Point Line:

  • Electrify Line

Upfield Line Extension:

  • Royal Park
  • Carlton North
  • Rushall

V/Line Services:

  • Restore Services to Wodonga
  • Utilise Disused Platform 3 for V/Line Services
  • Utilise New Platform 2 for XPT Services
  • Construct New Platform 1 for High-Speed Rail

Werribee Line:

  • Operate Peak Hour Services Through City Loop
  • Utilise Flinders Street Platform 11

Whittlesea Line:

  • Whittlesea
  • Mernda
  • South Merang
  • Double Track Y Junction at Mill Park
  • Mill Park
  • Change at Mill Park for Epping Line
  • Yarrambat
  • Diamond Creek
  • Hurstbridge

Williamstown Line:

  • Williamstown
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