Project Benefits

Box Hill looking west towards the Melbourne CBD

Project benefits

Transport Benefits

Suburban Rail Loop will revolutionise the way many people move around Melbourne, easing demand on the existing transport network and shifting more people out of their cars and off local roads. 

The 90-kilometre rail line will form a ring through Melbourne’s middle suburbs, linking every major rail service from the Frankston line to the Werribee line, and providing a direct link to Tullamarine and the new Melbourne Airport Rail. 

Suburban Rail Loop will be a standalone line that will fully integrate into the wider public transport system. Interchanges with metropolitan and regional rail lines will allow passengers to easily transfer across the public transport network – better connecting all Victorians to jobs, education, health services and each other.

Suburban Rail Loop’s dedicated fleet of quick, high-tech trains will be designed for an efficient, modern transport network and will deliver a ‘turn-up-and-go’ service. Suburban Rail Loop will integrate with the walking, cycling, bus and road networks to enhance Melbourne’s overall public transport efficiency and the convenience of the passenger experience.

Community Benefits

As well as delivering significant transport benefits, Suburban Rail Loop provides an opportunity to plan the services, amenity and infrastructure we’re going to need outside of the CBD for future generations.

Building new stations and delivering cross-suburb travel connections will trigger investment and economic activity in our middle suburbs - enabling clusters of jobs and businesses, as well as new quality housing and services to support our growing city.

Suburban Rail Loop ‘precincts’ are how we describe the wider local neighbourhoods associated with the new stations. Part of the important planning work being undertaken by Suburban Rail Loop Authority is investigating the project’s potential to unlock new possibilities in these local areas. 

We’re considering everything from parkland and recreational space, to the urban design, housing mix and other local infrastructure so these neighbourhoods continue to be vibrant places to live, work and visit.

Suburban Rail Loop will also generate thousands of local job opportunities and will help train the next generation of skilled workers. About 20,000 jobs will be created during construction alone with up to 2,000 apprentices, trainees and cadets employed under the Government’s Major Projects Skills Guarantee. 

Benefits for Regional Victoria

Passengers travelling into Melbourne from regional Victoria will no longer have to travel through the CBD to get to world-class education and health services, jobs and retail in the middle suburbs.

Suburban Rail Loop will provide a direct link to Melbourne Airport, as well as faster and easier travel to university campuses including Monash, Deakin and La Trobe, and major hospitals including Monash, Monash Children’s, Box Hill and the Austin. 

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