Community engagement shaping Suburban Rail Loop

Article date
30 March 2021
More than 15,000 people have had their say on Suburban Rail Loop, helping to shape the planning, construction and delivery of Stage One of Victoria’s biggest ever infrastructure project. 

Since engagement began in 2019, we’ve been consulting with the community and stakeholders – asking what you want to see happen and getting your input as the planning and development of Stage One has progressed. 

From receiving 4,000 initial responses in mid-2019, to speaking to over 10,000 people across 15 pop-up information sessions at train stations, shopping centres and community events – Victorians have provided us with valuable feedback on the proposed route, station locations, project timelines and staging, environment, impacts, and more. 

From mid-2020, our engagement activities were moved safely online with 2,000 responses received on our digital interactive engagement tool and survey. This gave us important information about what locals and visitors value most about their area and what they would like to see happen in the future as part of the project – including more green and public spaces, less congestion, and easier and faster travel. 

We’ve also taken on board feedback from over 700 responses on the proposed stabling facility at Heatherton since December. Responses included how best to minimise visual impact, enhancing amenity around the stabling facility, as well as ensuring the Chain of Parks concept can continue through the local area. 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in Suburban Rail Loop engagement and consultation activities so far – there will be more opportunities to provide input in the coming months. We will be reporting back to you soon with a comprehensive wrap-up of your feedback to date. 

To learn more about the project and provide feedback about construction and design considerations for Stage One, visit our new virtual engagement room.