Suburban Rail Loop plans in VIC revealed
By Scott Dywer on 03 September 2018
Set to become Australia’s largest public transport project in history, plans for a massive Suburban Rail Loop – an underground rail network project valued at $50 billion – has been revealed by the Victorian Government.
This new 90-kilometre rail network will include the construction of 12 new stations and link Melbourne’s western suburbs through the Melbourne Airport as well as major train lines in the region.
The Suburban Rail Loop aims to get people where they want to go meaning, more people on public transport and less traffic on the road. With new rail tunnels linking the Frankston, Cranbourne-Pakenham, Glen Waverley and Belgrave-Lilydale lines, the south-east section of the rail line will be running underground between Cheltenham and Box Hill. While the north-east section of the rail networks is set to have new underground stations at Doncaster and La Trobe, the western section will be connecting the Werribee line via the future Sunshine super hub.
If approved, construction on the project is expected to commence by 2022 and set to create more than 20,000 jobs.