Stage One train stabling

Suburban Rail Loop will link every major rail line from the Frankston line to the Werribee line, via the airport, better connecting Victorians to jobs, retail, education, health services and each other. It will connect Melbourne’s middle suburbs and deliver integrated precinct development associated with its new stations.


The Stage One alignment has been confirmed, with new underground stations surrounded by emerging and developing precincts at Cheltenham, Clayton, Monash, Glen Waverley, Burwood and Box Hill.


A train stabling facility is required near the start of the line to allow Suburban Rail Loop’s fleet of new high-tech trains to begin services efficiently each day.


Train stabling is where trains are parked when not in operation.


While the trains are in the facility they are cleaned, maintained and prepared for the next day’s operations.


A dedicated train stabling facility is a critical part of the new Suburban Rail Loop network. It would not be possible to provide high frequency turn up and go train services for passengers without it.

Suburban Rail Loop will require a modern, efficient train stabling facility consisting of:

  • A fenced, open-air site

  • Train tracks

  • Connections to the main train line

  • Train signalling and communication systems

  • A building to support operations

  • A maintenance facility

Victoria’s growing population, mostly centred in suburban Melbourne, makes it more challenging to find suitably sized parcels of land for critical enabling infrastructure such as train stabling.


Area under consideration

The proposed site for Suburban Rail Loop’s dedicated train stabling is at Heatherton, bordered by Old Dandenong and Kingston Roads.

Several sites were assessed against a range of criteria including engineering design, the environment, minimising property acquisition and the safeguarding of existing agricultural land and local jobs.

The Old Dandenong Road location was found to be the most suitable and is currently undergoing further investigations.


Engaging the community 

Suburban Rail Loop Authority is committed to working with local residents and traders during the planning and development of the project and throughout future stages of delivery of Suburban Rail Loop.

Details of Suburban Rail Loop were first communicated to landowners and tenants in the vicinity of the proposed Heatherton stabling site in October 2020 with this project letter.

Properties neighbouring the proposed train stabling site received this letter, together with information about train stabling ahead of the announcement of the preferred stabling site on 16 December 2020.

Online consultation commenced simultaneously and remains open via the link at the bottom of this page.

Have your say

The Stage One alignment, including the proposed train stabling at Heatherton, will be subject to an Environment Effects Statement (EES), our State’s most robust planning and environmental assessment and approval process. Local communities will have a number of opportunities to input into this process.

You can find out more about the process here. 
Actively engaging with residents, businesses and other key stakeholders will help to inform project design and measures to minimise potential impacts on the local community, such as screening and landscaping.

You can provide your feedback on the proposed train stabling at Heatherton, directly via the survey below.

We expect to be able to share further design information over coming months, with further opportunities for the community and stakeholders to provide feedback.

Should you have any questions about the project please contact the Suburban Rail Loop information help line at 1800 105 105 or via the Contact page.

The best way to stay up to date with what’s happening on the project and opportunities to be involved is to sign up for project updates here.


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