Suburban Rail Loop

A rail network forming a circle around Melbourne’s suburbs


90kilometre circle line

12new potential underground stations

400,000passengers per day


A Strategic Assessment that supports the potential development of a Suburban Rail Loop has been released.

The Suburban Rail Loop is a proposed new rail network forming a circle around Melbourne’s suburbs. Three potential corridors were considered for the project, reflecting the places of state significance set out in Plan Melbourne.

The Strategic Assessment identified potential next steps, which would require further funding:

  1. Development of a full business case
  2. Detailed technical and planning work to develop the project scope and assess the economic, social and environmental impacts of the project
  3. Market engagement with industry to inform the business case development; and
  4. An extensive stakeholder consultation process.

Map of the proposed Suburban Rail Loop, forming an outer ring around Melbourne.

Facts and figures

  • Up to 90-kilometre circle line connecting our suburbs
  • Connecting every major rail line from the Frankston line to the Werribee line via the Airport
  • At least 15 new station connections, including 12 new potential underground stations
  • The busiest line in Melbourne by 2051 with around 400,000 passengers per day
  • Attracting 150,000 new public transport trips by 2051
  • Taking around 200,000 vehicle trips off major roads by 2051
  • Around 20,000 jobs to be created during construction
  • Estimated travel times (approximate):
    • 25 minutes from Clayton to Bundoora
    • 25 minutes from Box Hill to the Airport
    • 35 minutes from Broadmeadows to Monash
    • 45 minutes from Cheltenham to the Airport.


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