Major Contract

SRL East – Main Works

SRL East – Main Works

The first stage of the Suburban Rail Loop – SRL East – is a fully-tunnelled 26 kilometre metro corridor between Cheltenham in the South and Box Hill in the North. The line will include six stations, including new interchanges with existing heavy rail stations at Cheltenham, Clayton, Glen Waverley and Box Hill, with new stations at Monash and Burwood. The new interchange in Clayton will act as a 'transport super hub, connecting regional passengers to the Suburban Rail Loop.

The six underground stations will range from 17 to 23 metres below street level and will be built using a 'bottom-up' method. The location of the entrances will be near existing train stations and central amenities.

Key Dates

Aug 2018 Project Announcement
2022 Expected Contract Award
2022 Expected Construction Commencement
2035 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

Victorian Government

The Victorian Government allocated $300 million in the 2019-20 Victorian Budget for project planning. In November 2021, an additional $9.3 billion was allocated to the main works of SRL East.


Procuring Agency: Suburban Rail Loop Authority (SLRA)


May 2019 Victorian Government announced $300 million in 2019-20 budget for Stage One planning.
Dec 2020 Preparation of the Environmental Effects Statement (EES) commenced.
Mar 2021 The draft scoping requirements for the Stage One EES opened for public comments, closing on 19 April. Public consultation on a final EES was expected in late 2021, with a final planning assessment outcome expected in 2022.
Jun 2021 Further details released about the refined tunnel alignment from Cheltenham to Box Hill and six new underground stations, including the depths and locations of the entrances.
Aug 2021 The Victorian Government released its Business and Investment case for the Suburban Rail Loop, which contained estimated costs and construction timelines for SRL East.
Sep 2021 The SRLA released concept designs for the new Monash station.
Sep 2021 Details of the underground path for SRL East released.
Oct 2021 The SRLA announced the EES for Suburban Rail Loop East will be released for public consultation from 5 November until 16 December 2021.
Nov 2021 The SRLA placed the Environmental Effects Statement for Suburban Rail Loop East on public exhibition until 16 December 2021.
Nov 2021 The Victorian Government announced additional funding of $9.3 billion for main works.
Estimated Total Cost
Procurement approach
Unconfirmed |
Victoria |
Project website
Suburban Rail Loop (SLRA)