New details for Suburban Rail Loop stations and alignment

Article date
17 June 2021

New details have been released about the refined tunnel alignment from Cheltenham to Box Hill and six new underground stations – including the depths and locations of the entrances.

The stations will range from 17 to 23 metres below street level – as close to the surface as possible to minimise the amount of time it takes passengers to get from the street to the platform. Each of the six stations between Cheltenham and Box Hill will be fully accessible for all passengers via lifts and escalators.

The underground stations will be built using a ‘bottom-up’ method, which involves excavating the station box before building the permanent station structures up toward ground level. Above ground, the designs will reflect the character of each local community, and these are still to be developed.

Each location has been carefully chosen to be near existing train stations and central to key education, health, employment and shopping destinations across Melbourne’s middle suburbs.

While still subject to further technical work, the refined alignment of the 26km twin tunnels has been determined following 18 months of planning, engineering assessments and geotechnical investigations.

You can see detail about the stations and the rail corridor and submit feedback, by visiting our Virtual Engagement Room or registering for upcoming community info sessions here.

The landowners and tenants of around 2,100 properties along the rail corridor have been sent a letter to update them on the project’s progress.

Construction on Stage One of the project from Cheltenham to Box Hill will start in 2022, creating 800 direct early jobs.

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