Suburban Rail Loop (SRL), Melbourne, Australia

Suburban Rail Loop will transform Victoria’s public transport network and connect Melbourne’s middle suburbs

Collaboration is key as the Aurecon, Jacobs, Mott MacDonald, Joint Venture (AJM) provides technical and engineering services, planning advice, sustainability and environmental services, and communication and stakeholder engagement strategy on the Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) project in Australia’s fastest growing city, Melbourne.

SRL is the biggest transport project to be built in the State of Victoria involving a new 90-kilometre rail line that will link every major rail line from the Frankston line to the Werribee line.

With new underground stations and integrated precinct development, this bold long-term project will transform Victoria’s public transport network and connect Melbourne’s middle suburbs to priority growth precincts, improving access to health, education, employment and activity centres, and making thousands of journeys each day easier and more direct.

Three new transport super hubs at Clayton, Broadmeadows and Sunshine will mean that people living in regional Victoria will no longer need to travel through the centre of Melbourne to access jobs in growing economic precincts outside the CBD.

It will also contribute to achieving Plan Melbourne’s vision of a well-connected and polycentric city, aligning transport investments with precinct plans and potential precinct development projects.

The AJM is leading the design development, location assessments and operational requirements for the new rail line. This includes early consideration of environmental planning matters.

The team is looking at every single facet of the railway to ensure the best possible customer experience – from the ground level architecture to station depth, platform size and interchange, through to the type of trains, the seating arrangement, doors and the train stabling facility – is created for the people of Victoria.

Stakeholder and community engagement for the project started in 2019 through detailed planning and investigations.

The Cheltenham to Box Hill section, which is a 26-kilometre section of underground twin tunnels with six new stations and interchanges with existing public transport, has been identified as Stage One and preliminary geotechnical works are now underway here.

The broad alignment and precinct locations have been confirmed for Stage One, which will include new underground stations at Cheltenham, Clayton, Monash, Glen Waverley, Burwood and Box Hill.

The transformational project will be the biggest infrastructure investment ever undertaken in Victoria and will be completed in stages, with work on Stage One in the south east to start in 2022.

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