The Victorian government is getting on with the detailed planning and investigations needed to deliver the Melbourne’s Suburban Rail Loop with the stakeholder engagement process for the transformational project kicking off this week.
“The Suburban Rail Loop will change the way we move around Melbourne (…). It will create and support local jobs and slash travel times, getting people where they need to go,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.
The focus of the consultation will be on the South East Section, which is the first stage of the Suburban Rail Loop. As detailed planning gathers pace, input will be sought from communities, local government, peak bodies, as well as key health, education, and industry stakeholders along the proposed corridor.
The Government will meet with representatives from the cities of Whitehorse, Monash and Kingston, paving the way for further consultation around site investigations including ecology and geotechnical studies.
Initial site investigations for the Suburban Rail Loop are expected to start in the second half of 2019. A broad alignment and general precincts for the Suburban Rail Loop have been identified, but specific station locations are yet to be finalised.
Rail Projects Victoria (RPV), the team delivering the Metro Tunnel is leading the design development, station location assessments and operational requirements. RPV has also engaged the expert assistance of the Aurecon Jacobs Mott MacDonald Joint Venture (AJM) as technical adviser and KPMG as commercial adviser for the Suburban Rail Loop.
The proposed Suburban Rail Loop is a new 90-km underground rail network connecting Melbourne’s middle suburbs. It will include new stations and connect major railway lines from the Frankston line to the Werribee line via Melbourne Airport. 400,000passengers per day are expected to use the new line.