Sustainability Strategy

The sustainability vision for the Metro Tunnel is underpinned by a series of environmental, social and economic commitments. We believe that working to create a balance between these 3 core commitments is vital for maintaining Melbourne’s liveability and for delivering a project with a lasting positive legacy.

The Sustainability Strategy outlines how an integrated sustainability approach will generate multiple benefits. These include:

  • better building and infrastructure performance
  • economic growth and ecologically sustainable development
  • better operational efficiency and maintenance requirements
  • whole-of-life cost and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission savings
  • safe and healthy environments for commuters.

The Metro Tunnel will enhance Melbourne’s reputation for design excellence in its urban design, architecture, landscape and integrated cultural activations.

Creative Strategy

The vision of the Metro Tunnel Creative Strategy is: ‘A legacy of high quality experiences and places that put people first – contributing to Melbourne’s current and future liveability, international standing and reputation for creative excellence’


  • dynamic sites of creativity
  • manage construction impacts
  • line-wide identity
  • welcoming and people focused places
  • creative opportunities and engagement
  • showcase Melbourne

Urban Design Strategy

The Urban Design Strategy will ensure that the Metro Tunnel integrates with the city's existing public spaces, creates vibrant new public precincts and is an exciting new addition to what is already great about our city and state.

It provides strategies to address the landscape and visual issues identified as part of the Metro Tunnel Environment Effects Statement and to maximise the project's positive and enduring contribution to Melbourne.

Ensuring that the public experience of the journey is memorable and engaging will be a key design outcome, during construction and after it is operational.

Living Infrastructure Plan

The Metro Tunnel will demonstrate world leading excellence to create a living infrastructure legacy for a more liveable Victoria.

The Living Infrastructure Plan has been developed to inform and aid design and construction teams in meeting the objectives of the Metro Tunnel Project with regard to its sustainability targets, in particular the Urban Ecology and Vegetation Targets and the Water Targets.

The Living Infrastructure Plan is a 'whole of project' plan that will be delivered through the Metro Tunnel work packages and partnerships.

The Plan will be supported by technical guidance notes and the Metro Tunnel Project environmental performance requirements.