Project Benefits

Concept design of train arriving at Cheltenham Station

The biggest transport infrastructure investment in Victorian history – Suburban Rail Loop will shape our city and state for future generations, ensuring Melbourne remains one of the world’s most liveable cities.

Victoria’s population is expected to grow to around 11.2 million by 2056, with Melbourne to be home to around nine million people – a global city the same size as London today.

Suburban Rail Loop will do more than transform our public transport network – the new transport connections and investments in station precincts will influence where people choose to live and where businesses choose to locate, helping Melbourne grow in a planned and sustainable way. 

Delivered in stages over several decades, the construction and delivery of Suburban Rail Loop will create thousands of direct local jobs and will help to train the next generation of apprentices, trainees and cadets.

Project benefits

Concept design of SRLA branded train travelling through tunnel

Suburban Rail Loop will change how people move around Melbourne, setting a new benchmark for modern, convenient, and efficient public transport. It will

  • Reduce travel times for more than 80 per cent of Melburnians by delivering shorter, faster and more reliable journeys
  • Slash traffic congestion and take thousands of cars off local roads and freeways
  • Reduce crowding on existing public transport
  • Deliver a direct link to Melbourne Airport and connections for regional passengers
  • Link every major rail service from the Frankston line to the Werribee line providing convenient interchanges
  • Fully integrate into the wider public transport system with convenient interchanges and the same ticketing system, for enjoyable and easy journeys
  • Make cross-suburb travel easy – connecting people to employment, shopping, education, and health precincts
  • Deliver a turn-up-and-go service on a fleet of quick, comfortable, and high-tech trains; and
  • Provide better active transport options (walking and cycling paths) to get to stations and move around local areas

Stage One from Cheltenham to Box Hill will be delivered first, slashing public transport travel times for people in Melbourne’s south east and travellers on the Gippsland line.

  • A journey from Cheltenham to Box Hill will be just 22 minutes, with trains taking 3–4 minutes between stations
  • Commuters hopping on at the start of the line near Southland will save between 40–60 minutes when travelling to either Monash, Glen Waverley or Burwood by train – and up to two hours on a return journey
  • A trip from Lilydale to Monash University will be 20–40 minutes quicker with a seamless interchange at Box Hill
  • A trip from Cranbourne to Deakin University will be cut by 20–40 minutes one way
  • Travel times between Traralgon and Box Hill Hospital will be around 26 minutes faster – taking around two and a half hours instead of three and making train travel times comparable to a car trip

Pedestrians crossing road

Investment and new initiatives near new Suburban Rail loop stations will revitalise Melbourne’s middle suburbs. Beyond the benefits of the transport infrastructure, Suburban Rail Loop will

  • Generate significant new business and employment opportunities in station precincts, creating more jobs close to where people live
  • Catalyse urban renewal in our suburbs, ensuring they continue to be vibrant, attractive, and well-connected places to live, work and visit
  • Help plan and deliver the services, infrastructure and amenities people need in their local areas
  • Provide more quality housing suitable for families to support our growing city
  • Enhance public, green and recreational space for people to enjoy

V-Line train arriving at Sunbury Station

Regional passenger lines will be connected to Suburban Rail Loop via interchanges at three transport super hubs at Clayton, Broadmeadows and Sunshine. This will have significant benefits for regional Victorian travellers and for regional visitors. It will

  • Enable passengers to travel to world-class education and health services, jobs and retail in the middle suburbs, without having to go through the CBD
  • Deliver faster and more convenient journeys
  • Create a link to Melbourne Airport
  • Provide greater access to thousands more employment opportunities in the middle corridor of Melbourne
  • Boost tourism and visitors to regional Victoria, with easier and more efficient public transport