The new underground station at Cheltenham will be the southern gateway to the Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) network, providing faster and more convenient public transport to key destinations across Melbourne’s middle suburbs.

It will improve access to nearby employment areas and connect more people to one of Melbourne’s major retail and entertainment hubs, Southland Shopping Centre. Providing a link to the existing Southland Station, it will also give Frankston line passengers a convenient connection to Monash, Deakin and La Trobe universities.

Frequent services every few minutes will mean passengers can turn up and go when the new rail line is operating by 2035. It’ll take just 3-4 minutes between stations – a journey from Cheltenham to a health appointment in Clayton will take less than 10 minutes.

For more information, read the SRL East station at Cheltenham fact sheet.

What's happening now

Early construction on SRL East started in June 2022 and is powering ahead.

Planning for the broader area around the new station at Cheltenham is also underway, in consultation with the local council and community.

Draft Precinct Visions have now been developed for each of the 6 SRL East Precincts. These draft visions build on the priorities and feedback gathered over several years. The draft visions identify areas of opportunity, preliminary ideas and draft precinct plans that connect the place today to what it could look like in the future.

We want you to consider the draft vision for Cheltenham and tell us more about how you want to live, work and play into the future.

What's your vision?

SRL will deliver more diverse and affordable housing options, as well as opportunities for businesses and jobs in the neighbourhoods around the new stations.

Building on the characteristics of existing neighbourhoods, planning will set the vision for new and enhanced open and public spaces, community facilities and services like schools, parks, walking and cycling paths, plazas and retail areas.

Read more about planning the future of Cheltenham.