Melbourne Metro is a priority project for the Victorian Government. In its 2012/13 budget the government allocated $49.7 million to further progress planning and development work for the proposed nine kilometre rail tunnel project, which includes five new underground stations.
The project has been declared under the Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act 2009 and is undertaking the planning approvals process. This will involve a comprehensive assessment of the project, supported by environmental and technical investigations, and stakeholder engagement.
A key part of the engagement process will be the establishment of a Community Reference Group which will help PTV obtain community feedback about the project.
Melbourne Metro is a critical city-shaping project that will address the increasing demand for train services in Melbourne's growth areas in the north, west and south-east, as well as create the capacity needed for future expansion of the rail network.
The project requires the construction of a nine kilometre rail tunnel through inner Melbourne that will link the Sunbury and Dandenong rail lines. The project will include five new underground stations to be located at North Melbourne, Parkville, CBD North, CBD South and Domain.
The rail tunnel will join the Dandenong lines south east of South Yarra station and the Sunbury line west of South Kensington station.
Along with additional rail works and operational changes to the existing network, Melbourne Metro will enable the creation of four independent rail lines which will greatly improve train punctuality and deliver increased passenger capacity across the network.
Melbourne Metro will create extra capacity to improve transport for Melbourne's key growth corridors in Wyndham, Hume, Sunbury, Casey and Cardinia.
Melbourne Metro will also improve public transport access to the commercial and education precincts in Parkville and along St Kilda Road, while also alleviating pressure on the St Kilda Road tram routes.
Melbourne Metro will:
- untangle the inner core of Melbourne’s metropolitan rail network
- create additional space for more train services on the Craigieburn, Sunbury, Werribee, Williamstown, Upfield, Frankston and Sandringham lines and allow longer trains to operate through Melbourne’s CBD on the Sunbury, Pakenham and Cranbourne lines. The additional capacity created will be able to accommodate over 20,000 passengers each hour on these busy lines.
- improve train reliability and efficiency by creating independent lines
- enhance access to the public transport network by constructing five new inner city stations
- facilitate more effective use of land within Melbourne for housing and employment by improving access to key locations, such as North Melbourne.
- deliver infrastructure vital for the future expansion of Melbourne’s public transport network.
- Melbourne Metro alignment map (PDF, 268 KB)
- Melbourne Metro e-newsletter: edition 1 (PDF, 416 KB)
Video: Melbourne Metro - Transforming Melbourne's Rail Network
For more information, please call Public Transport Victoria on 1800 800 007.
You can provide feedback about Melbourne Metro by completing an online enquiry form.