Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) North from Box Hill to Melbourne Airport will ease traffic congestion, slash public transport travel times and significantly improve access to jobs and services across Melbourne for all Victorians.
5100 additional direct local jobs will be created during construction of SRL North, with a total of up to 24,000 jobs supported across the Victorian economy to deliver both SRL East and SRL North. Strategic development, major investment and new local projects in the broader areas around SRL North stations will also support more jobs and housing in SRL Precincts.
Seven brand new stations are proposed for SRL North at Doncaster, Heidelberg, Bundoora, Reservoir, Fawkner, Broadmeadows, and Melbourne Airport, connecting SRL North to Melbourne Airport Rail. Station and precinct locations are preliminary and will be confirmed as the planning and development of SRL North progresses.
Broadmeadows is set to become a transport superhub, with trains travelling in 4 directions – providing faster access to destinations around Melbourne, particularly for people travelling along the Hume corridor. By 2056, 8500 regional passengers will travel through the superhub station each day, and more than half of all passengers travelling on Hume corridor services will interchange at Broadmeadows.
SRL North will deliver better access to tertiary education, employment and business opportunities right across Melbourne’s middle suburbs and will give many Victorians a direct connection to Melbourne Airport for the first time. The new rail line will slash public transport travel time from Broadmeadows to the airport by almost half, and journeys will be easier, more reliable and more comfortable – particularly for those travelling with luggage. SRL trains will be fitted out with convenient and secure luggage compartments. Better connections to the airport will also improve travel between regional, interstate and international markets. This will expand opportunities and boost the business and tourism potential of regional Victoria.
While SRL East from Cheltenham to Box Hill is the immediate focus for delivery, early planning and development on SRL North and SRL West continues, with opportunities for construction to start while SRL East is being delivered. SRL North will be complete by 2053.