SRL Stage One Train Stabling Facility Letter

This letter was sent out in December 2020 to properties neighbouring the Heatherton train stabling site ahead of its announcement on 16 December 2020. It is to ensure that residents are aware of the location of Suburban Rail Loop's dedicated train stabling site at Kingston Road, Heatherton.

November 2020


Dear Owner/Occupier,




I am writing to update you on Suburban Rail Loop and provide details of a proposed train stabling facility at Heatherton.


Suburban Rail Loop is a city and state-shaping infrastructure project that will transform Victoria’s public transport system, connecting our suburbs and making travel easier and more convenient. Connecting every major train line from the Frankston line to the Werribee line, via Melbourne Airport, the new rail link will improve access to housing, jobs, schools, universities and hospitals in Melbourne’s middle suburbs.


Stage One of Suburban Rail Loop will deliver a rail tunnel connection in Melbourne’s south east between Cheltenham and Box Hill.


In October we wrote to residents and businesses in the local area to advise that the broad alignment for Stage One had been confirmed. Stage One will be built as a 26km twin-tunnel, standalone line, that will fully integrate into our existing public transport network with new underground stations at Cheltenham (near Southland), Clayton, Monash, Glen Waverley, Burwood and Box Hill.


Planning and design work, along with ground investigations and stakeholder consultation, has helped us identify the specific locations for the stations, as well as a train stabling facility.


Initial construction on Stage One is expected to start in 2022, subject to required planning approvals.


Proposed train stabling at Heatherton


In order to run a dedicated fleet of new high-tech trains on Suburban Rail Loop, dedicated train stabling is required near the start of the line to allow services to begin efficiently each day.


Train stabling is an area where trains are parked and maintained while not in operation. The facility is where trains are cleaned internally and externally, generally maintained, and prepared for the next day’s services. These activities are critical to providing a turn-up-and-go train service for passengers across the Suburban Rail Loop network.


The proposed site for Suburban Rail Loop’s dedicated train stabling is Kingston Road, Heatherton, and we are currently carrying out investigations at this site.


A train stabling overview fact sheet with more information is included with this letter.


Opportunities to have your say


Like other major infrastructure projects, Suburban Rail Loop, including the proposed train stabling at Heatherton, will be subject to a robust planning assessment and approval process. Local communities will have a number of opportunities to input to this process.


Additionally, Suburban Rail Loop Authority is committed to working with local communities during the planning and development stage and through future project stages of Suburban Rail Loop.


You can provide your feedback on the project, including the proposed train stabling at Heatherton, directly via our website at You can also follow the Suburban Rail Loop Facebook page for regular updates as the project progresses.


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


We look forward to working with you and your neighbours as this significant public transport infrastructure project progresses.


Yours sincerely


Tom Considine

Acting CEO

Suburban Rail Loop Authority

SRL Stage One Train Stabling Facility Letter (PDF)