Construction is underway on the Metro Tunnel which will untangle the City Loop so more trains can run more often across Melbourne.

The Metro Tunnel will create a new end-to-end rail line from Sunbury in the west to Cranbourne/Pakenham in the south east, with bigger and better trains, next generation signalling technology and 5 new stations.

The Metro Tunnel will create capacity on the network to enable more than a half a million additional passengers per week across Melbourne’s train network to use the rail system during the peak periods. See the peak capacity increase for your train line.

Melbourne Airport Rail services will also run through the Metro Tunnel to maximise access for all Victorians and provide passengers with an under-30-minute service from the airport to the CBD.

The Metro Tunnel is on track to be completed by 2025.

Project scope

  • twin 9km rail tunnels from the west of the city to the south east as part of a new Sunbury to Cranbourne/Pakenham line
  • building 5 new underground stations: Arden, Parkville (under Grattan Street), State Library (at the northern end of Swanston Street), Town Hall (at the southern end of Swanston Street) and Anzac (under the Domain Interchange on St Kilda Road). The 2 stations under Swanston Street will be directly connected to the City Loop at Melbourne Central and Flinders Street stations
  • high Capacity Signalling to enable more frequent services
  • train/tram interchange between Anzac Station and the Domain Interchange
  • upgrades on other suburban rail lines with benefits across the network
  • safety features including platform screen doors.

The Metro Tunnel connects the Sunbury and Cranbourne lines with 5 new underground stations

Find out more about the project