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Metro Tunnel

About the project

Melbourne is growing, but more trains can't run in and out of the city because the City Loop is full.


The new Metro Tunnel will let more trains run in and out of the city by giving the Cranbourne, Pakenham and Sunbury lines their own tunnel through the CBD.

The Metro Tunnel's scope includes five new underground stations, with two new city stations directly connected to Flinders Street and Melbourne Central. View answers to frequently asked questions about the project.


New High Capacity Trains will run through the Metro Tunnel, freeing up more trains across the Melbourne rail network. More trains means fewer cars on the roads, helping to tackle congestion in our suburbs. 

This is one of the many benefits Metro Tunnel brings to Victoria.

Current status

The Metro Tunnel is fully funded and construction starts soon. The project is being assessed through an Environment Effects Statement (EES) process. For our next steps, see our Project timeline page.

A series of site investigations are taking place to explore the engineering and environmental conditions through the proposed rail corridor. Find out about works in your area.


Melbourne Metro Rail Authority is the Administrative Office responsible for delivery of the Metro Tunnel. View the careers and people section for information on job opportunities.

Construction works will be delivered through a series of work packages. Find out more about opportunities for tenders and service providers.

Environment Effects Statement submissions closed

The Melbourne Metro Environment Effects Statement and draft Planning Scheme Amendment submission period has closed.

Thank you to everyone who came to an information session, contacted us or made a submission.

A joint Inquiry and Advisory Committee, appointed by the Minister for Planning, will now assess the effects of the project with regard to the EES studies and investigations, along with all public submissions. A public hearing will be held in August by the Inquiry at which the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) and submitters can make presentations.

Learn more about the Environment Effects Statement and draft Planning Scheme Amendment process.

Project map

Map of the Melbourne Metro Rail Project alignment Western tunnel entranceArdenParkvilleCBD NorthCBD SouthDomainEastern tunnel entrance

See the Locations page for more details