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 more modern trains, and 5 new stations.
Next-generation signalling technology will be used to run trains, allowing for turn-up-and-go services during peak times.
It will give give passengers direct train access to new destinations, including St Kilda Road (Anzac Station), Melbourne’s major health and education precinct (Parkville Station) and North Melbourne (Arden Station).
When the Metro Tunnel opens in 2025 the Sunbury, Cranbourne and Pakenham lines will run through new tunnels under Melbourne’s CBD, with 5 new stations.
Passengers will be able to travel all the way from Sunbury to Cranbourne or Pakenham without changing trains.
A single change will connect people to the Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Warrnambool and Gippsland regional rail lines.
The project scope includes:
- twin 9km rail tunnels from Kensington in the west of the city to South Yarra in the south east, connecting the Sunbury Line to the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines
- 5 new underground stations at Arden, Parkville, State Library, Town Hall and Anzac
- underground pedestrian links to Flinders Street and Melbourne Central stations for easy interchange with the City Loop
- Melbourne’s first tram/train interchange at Anzac Station on St Kilda Road
- High Capacity Signalling to enable more frequent services
- safety features including platform screen doors.