Suburban Rail Loop (SRL)
This new 90km rail line is the biggest infrastructure investment in Victorian history.
The project is designed to provide improved mobility opportunities for outer suburbs who have typically been left behind when it comes to public transport services. This is even more important as Melbourne’s urban fringe suburbs continue to grow in population.
It is expected that more than 80% of Melburnians will have reduced travel times as result of the SRL.
There are 3 key sections of the loop:
- SRL East – Cheltenham to Box Hill
- Construction will start in 2022 and is expected to be operating by 2035.
- SRL North: Box Hill to Melbourne Airport
- Currently at the early planning and development stage. It is expected construction will be completed in 2053.
- SRL West: Melbourne Airport to Werribee
- Aligns with other projects such as the Metro Tunnel and Melbourne Airport Rail. Still in the planning stages. It is unclear when this will be completed.
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Pre-construction works are gathering pace for Melbourne’s Suburban Rail Loop, and three construction companies are vying to deliver the first phase of construction. CPB Contractors, John Holland and Laing O’Rourke are lining up to deliver the first phase of construction on the mega project.
Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size The Andrews government’s flagship Suburban Rail Loop project will not be a continuous line connecting Melbourne’s western and south-eastern suburbs, with commuters forced to change trains at least once to complete the 90-kilometre journey.
The Victorian Government has committed $2.2 billion for initial and early works on Stage One of the Suburban Rail Loop – the biggest rail project ever built in Victoria.
Eastern Metro MP Rod Barton has asked the Minister for Public Transport to put SMARbuses on the route of the suburban rail loop.