Suburban Rail Loop - South East


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Suburban Rail Loop - South East

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Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.

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STATUS: Prospective pipeline
TYPE: Greenfield

The Suburban Rail Loop proposed by the Victorian Government would see a circa 90 kilometre rail loop of the Melbourne metropolitan area, connecting to all major train lines and Melbourne Airport

The Loop, proposed to comprise 15 stations (five new stations and 10 interchanges), is to be split into four sections:

  • South-East - Cheltenham to Box Hill (six stations);
  • North-East - Box hill to Melbourne Airport (six stations);
  • North-West - Melbourne Airport to Sunshine (part of Melbourne Airport Rail Link (MARL)); and
  • South-West - Sunshine to Werribee line (two stations).


The 15 proposed stations include: Cheltenham, Clayton, Monash, Glen Waverley, Burwood, Box Hill, Doncaster, Heidelberg, Bundoora, Reservoir, Fawkner, Broadmeadows, Melbourne Airport, Sunshine and Werribee.

Given the scale of the Loop, construction is to be staged over several decades, with the south-east and north-west sections to be constructed first. The north-west section will be constructed as part of the Melbourne Airport Rail Link (MARL).

It's expected that the south-east and north-east sections will be fully underground and have a preliminary costing in the range of $30-$50 billion. The north-west and south-west sections may use a mix of above ground and underground rail, with north-west costed at $8-$13 billion as part of MARL. South-west has not been costed but will be constructed in sections over a period of decades.

Exact station locations, route alignment, rolling stock and staging will be confirmed through the business case process. A strategic assessment of the Loop has been conducted by Development Victoria in conjunction with Rail Projects Victoria.

The south-east section from Cheltenham to Box Hill is proposed to include new interchanges with the Frankston, Cranbourne-Pakenham, Glen Waverley and Belgrave-Lilydale lines at Cheltenham, Clayton, Glen Waverly and Box Hill respectively, plus new stations at Monash and Burwood.  

The Victorian Government has indicated, pending their re-election at the 2018 State election, that business case development, detailed design and community consultation will commence in 2019 to allow procurement to commence in 2020 and construction to begin in 2022. The Government will invest $300 million towards completing the business case, design and pre-construction works if re-elected.

According to the Victorian Government, State and Commonwealth government funding along with private sector contributions and value capture will be required to fund the project.

The Victorian Government has indicated the first stages - South East and MARL - will take up to 10 years to construct. 

Last reviewed: 29/08/2018

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