Suburban Rail Loop

A rail link connecting Melbourne’s middle suburbs


8mpeople in Melbourne by 2050

2022Construction to begin in 2022


Suburban Rail Loop is a new underground rail link connecting Melbourne’s middle suburbs. It will include new stations and connect major railway lines from the Frankston line to the Werribee line via Melbourne Airport.

Suburban Rail Loop will connect Melbourne’s middle suburbs to priority growth precincts, and link all Victorians to major health, education and employment centres.

Strategic Assessment

A Strategic Assessment supporting the development of a Suburban Rail Loop was released in 2018.

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.


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Rail Projects Victoria is seeking registrations of interest to develop an understanding of organisations with the requisite experience and capability to assist in the delivery of the Suburban Rail Loop.

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