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Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews

Work Gets Underway On The Suburban Rail Loop

Victor P Taffa

Andrews Government is getting on with the detailed planning and investigations needed to deliver the Suburban Rail Loop.

Stakeholder engagement process for the transformational project has kicked off this week.

“Suburban Rail Loop will change the way we move around Melbourne forever, and we’re not wasting a minute getting this vital project started.” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

“It will create and support local jobs and slash travel times, getting people where they need to go.”

Focus of the consultation will be on the first stage of the Suburban Rail Loop the South East Section and as detailed planning gathers pace, input will be sought from communities, local government, peak bodies, as well as key health, education, and industry stakeholders along the proposed corridor.

Andrews Government will meet with representatives from the cities of Whitehorse, Monash and Kingston, paving the way for further consultation around site investigations including ecology and geotechnical studies.

Initial site investigations for the Suburban Rail Loop are expected to start in the second half of 2019. A broad alignment and general precincts for the Suburban Rail Loop have been identified, but specific station locations are yet to be finalised.

Rail Projects Victoria (RPV), the team delivering the Metro Tunnel is leading the design development, station location assessments and operational requirements.

RPV has also engaged the expert assistance of the Aurecon Jacobs Mott MacDonald Joint Venture (AJM) as technical adviser and KPMG as commercial adviser for the Suburban Rail Loop.

“Suburban Rail Loop will provide Victorians with better access to jobs, education and health services, wherever they live.” Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said.

Suburban Rail Loop is a new 90 km rail line circling Melbourne’s suburbs with 12 new stations connecting every major railway line from the Frankston line to the Werribee line via Melbourne Airport.

This transformational project will change the way people move around Melbourne enabling Victorians to get to major suburban employment, education and health precincts without having to travel in and out of the CBD.

VIC Premier Daniel Andrews

VIC Minister for Transport Infrrastructure Jacinta Allan









Suburban Rail Loop

South East Section

South East Section will run underground between Cheltenham and Box Hill with new rail tunnels linking the following lines:

  • Frankston,
  • Cranbourne,
  • Pakenham,
  • Glen Waverley,
  • Belgrave,
  • Lilydale.

This section could include:

  • 6 new underground stations,
  • 4 underground interchanges with existing lines,
  • 2 potential new stations at the Monash Clayton and Deakin Burwood precincts.

North East Section

North East Section will connect the Belgrave Lilydale line to the following lines:

  • Hurstbridge,
  • Mernda,
  • Upfield,
  • Craigieburn,
  • New Melbourne Airport Line.

In addition to the 4 interchange stations on these lines, there will be potential new underground stations in Doncaster and the La Trobe precinct in Bundoora.

New Airport Rail Link will form the north-west section, with construction also underway from 2022.

Western Section

Western Section will connect to the Werribee line via the new Sunshine super-hub, with further technical investigations to determine the scope and route of this section.

Regional Victoria

Regional Victorian passengers will be big winners, with 3 new super-hubs at Clayton, Broadmeadows and Sunshine providing better access to jobs, education and health outside the CBD.

Station Locations

Exact station locations, route alignment, rolling stock, and staging will be confirmed through the full business case and technical work, including extensive consultation and environmental assessments.

Early planning and feasibility work, including identification of the project corridor, was undertaken by experts at Development Victoria, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Office of the Coordinator General over the past 12 months.

A project of this massive scale amongst the largest in the world will be built over multiple decades, with the first sections expected to take around 10 years to construct.

Suburban Rail Loop is projected to create more than 20,000 jobs during construction including 2,000 apprentices, trainees and cadets employed through Andrews Government Major Projects Skills Guarantee.


State, Commonwealth and private sector contributions, as well as value capture opportunities, will be required to fund the project.

Business case development, detailed design and community consultation will commence in 2019, with work on the first stage expected to begin by the end of 2022.


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