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Frequently asked questions

Suburban Rail Loop is a city and state-shaping project that will transform Victoria’s public transport system, connecting our suburbs and creating opportunities in great places.

The 90-kilometre Suburban Rail Loop will link every major rail line from the Frankston line to the Werribee line, via Melbourne Airport, providing important travel connections between employment, health, education and activity centres in Melbourne’s middle suburbs.

Three new transport super hubs at Clayton, Broadmeadows and Sunshine will connect regional passengers to Suburban Rail Loop.

The project will be a catalyst to attract investments in areas (or precincts) around the new train stations to make them even better places to live, work and in some cases, study.

The multigenerational project will be delivered in stages over several decades, with Stage One between Cheltenham and Box Hill to be built first.

Melbourne is the fastest growing city in Australia, and we need a public transport system to meet the challenge.

Suburban Rail Loop will deliver important cross-suburb travel connections between major hospitals, universities and TAFE, retail and employment centres outside the CBD, changing how we move around Melbourne.

The new rail line will ease congestion, taking pressure off existing transport networks.

The project will trigger investment and development around the station precincts. This provides a valuable opportunity to consider the services, amenity and infrastructure these communities will need in the future.

Regional passengers will be connected to Suburban Rail Loop, which means they won’t have to go through the CBD to get to the airport, jobs, and world-class education and health services in Melbourne’s suburbs.

Suburban Rail Loop will provide faster and more convenient travel to university campuses including Monash, Deakin and La Trobe, and major hospitals including Monash, Monash Children’s, Box Hill and the Austin.

Regional passengers will be connected to Suburban Rail Loop via interchanges at three new transport super hubs at Clayton, Broadmeadows and Sunshine.

Suburban Rail Loop will create around 20,000 jobs during construction with up to 2,000 apprentices, trainees and cadets employed under the Government’s Major Projects Skills Guarantee.

Beyond the project’s construction, improving cross-suburb transport and increasing economic activity in Suburban Rail Loop precincts will drive business opportunities and jobs growth. This will mean people living in the suburbs and regional Victoria have greater access to more diverse employment opportunities outside of Melbourne’s CBD.

The broad alignment and precinct locations have been confirmed for Stage One, which will include new underground stations at Cheltenham, Clayton, Monash, Glen Waverley, Burwood and Box Hill.

Engineering assessments and stakeholder engagement activities are underway to help determine the detailed alignment and station locations.

The potential alignment for subsequent stages is indicative and subject to further analysis and technical investigation.

Information about the specific alignment and the location of stations will be made public once the detailed design and development work is further advanced.

When we talk about ‘precincts’ we’re looking at the local area and neighbourhoods associated with Suburban Rail Loop stations.

We’re considering the green space, services, amenity, housing mix and other infrastructure that might emerge to ensure these communities are even better places to live, work and learn as our city grows.

One of the key project objectives beyond the significant transport benefits is to drive investment, job growth and economic activity in the employment, health and education centres that have already been established outside Melbourne’s CBD.

Six precincts have been identified along the Stage One Suburban Rail Loop corridor at Cheltenham, Clayton, Monash, Glen Waverley, Burwood and Box Hill.

The middle suburbs of Melbourne were identified as the preferred broad alignment for Suburban Rail Loop to facilitate better travel connections to health, education and employment hubs across Melbourne’s suburbs and to regional Victoria.

Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 sets Victoria’s overarching policy direction for population, economic growth and urban planning over the next 30 years. It identifies places of state significance across Melbourne that will be a focus for jobs growth and strategic infrastructure investment to help expand employment opportunities, including National Employment and Innovation Clusters (NEICs) and Metropolitan Activity Centres (MACs). These provide community with good access to a range of major retail, community, government, entertainment, cultural and transport services.

Stage One is considered the priority because it will connect major employment precincts, universities, hospitals and shopping centres in the south east, including the Monash NEIC, Burwood education precinct and Box Hill MAC. It will also benefit regional Victorian passengers, connecting them to jobs and world-class services in Melbourne’s suburbs via the connection to Suburban Rail Loop at Clayton.

Suburban Rail Loop will be the biggest infrastructure investment ever undertaken in Victoria and will be completed in stages over several decades.

Connection of major employment, education, health and retail precincts is the key focus, with the south east section between Cheltenham and Box Hill considered the priority.

Works on Stage One are planned to start in 2022. Further detail regarding forecast completion will be determined as part of the Investment Case and technical work underway.

This will be one of the world’s biggest and most ambitious projects, costing tens of billions of dollars to build over several decades.

The Victorian Government has funded $300 million for planning and pre-construction activities.

The Investment Case and technical work now underway will determine the exact project route, station locations and associated costs. Funding options being considered include potential State, Commonwealth and private sector contributions, as well as value creation and value capture opportunities.

Stage One from Cheltenham to Box Hill will be approximately 27 kilometres constructed as a tunnel. More technical investigations are needed on subsequent stages, but they are expected to be a combination of tunnel and surface rail.

Engineering assessments and design work is underway to help plan critical elements of the project, including the alignment of the Stage One twin tunnels, rolling stock requirements and station locations. This work is informing the development of the Concept Design and Investment Case.

Studies of geographic areas associated with the new Suburban Rail Loop stations are also being conducted to assess possibilities for urban renewal, services and enhanced amenity in these neighbourhoods.

Suburban Rail Loop Authority is working closely with key stakeholders, such as local councils, universities and hospitals, and has started preliminary consultation with the community on the project and its benefits, and what it might mean for local areas.

Geotechnical drilling to investigate ground conditions in Melbourne’s south east is also gathering pace, and details of these works can be found on our works page.

The Stage One section of Suburban Rail Loop will be tunnelled underground, significantly minimising potential impacts on land and property.

However, for a project of the scale and complexity of Suburban Rail Loop there will be some unavoidable disruption and land impact for construction.

It is our priority to communicate any impacts to the community and affected stakeholders as soon as this has been determined.

As is standard practice on other big infrastructure projects, a range of proven mitigation measures will be enacted to address potential impacts on residents, local businesses and others.

It is our priority to consult widely with the community – ensuring Victorians are informed of project updates and get a chance to have their say on this city and state-shaping project.

Our team has already held a series of community ‘pop-ups’ along the Stage One corridor, getting out to shopping centres, train stations and festivals to share project information with residents. The next phase of engagement to capture community feedback on the possibilities for the SRL Stage One precincts is happening online to account for the current COVID-19 emergency.

We’re also working closely with stakeholders, seeking the input of local government, peak bodies, developers and key health, education and industry groups.

The best way to stay informed and participate in engagement opportunities is by registering for project updates here.

We’re currently planning Suburban Rail Loop Stage One precincts, and we’d like to hear from you.

You can tell us what you like best about your local area, as well as what you’d like to see happen, by following this link to the Engage Vic website. Together, we can help your neighbourhood to become an even greater place to live, work and study.

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