Skip to main content
Metro Tunnel

Benefits for your train line

The Metro Tunnel will connect the Sunbury line in the west to the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines in the east, creating a new 100km end to end line for Melbourne. By freeing up space in the City Loop, we can run more trains more often across Melbourne.

Our population has grown and the City Loop is now full. There's no space to add new and more reliable train services for our growing outer suburbs. We're building the Metro Tunnel to eliminate Melbourne's biggest bottleneck.

It's a new tunnel for some of our busiest train lines. While the Sunbury, Cranbourne and Pakenham lines will use the new tunnel exclusively, the Craigieburn, Frankston, Sandringham, Upfield, Werribee and Williamstown lines will all benefit from more space in the City Loop.

As a result, 39,000 more suburban passengers from day one will be able to use the rail network during each peak period.

Better access

The Metro Tunnel will benefit all Victorians by making it easier to move around the city and visit important destinations.

The two new underground stations in the CBD will revitalise key areas of the city and will transform the way people use our train network.

Passengers will easily transfer between Metro Tunnel and City Loop services at Melbourne Central and Flinders Street, just like other metro style train networks.

For the first time, passengers across all lines will be able to access key destinations by train such as the St Kilda Road employment precinct, the Shrine of Remembrance, University of Melbourne and worldleading research and medical facilities at Parkville.

A new train-tram interchange as part of the new underground station at Domain will take pressure off the busy St Kilda Road – Swanston Street tram corridor.

For the first time, passengers across all lines will be able to access key destinations such as the St Kilda Road employment precinct, the Shrine of Remembrance, University of Melbourne and world-leading research and medical facilities at Parkville via train.

Craigieburn line

The Metro Tunnel will create 27 per cent more capacity on the Craigieburn line during peak periods, meaning more trains, less crowding and a more comfortable journey.

Craigieburn line passengers will be able to access Metro Tunnel services by interchanging at Melbourne Central station and Flinders Street Station.

Craigieburn line - 27% more peak capacity

Cranbourne / Pakenham line

The Metro Tunnel, along with other network improvements along the lines, will create 45 per cent more capacity on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines during peak periods. This means more trains, less crowding and a more comfortable journey.

The Metro Tunnel will connect the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines to the Sunbury line with five new underground stations.

The new Metro Tunnel stations will have longer platforms for longer trains. High Capacity Signalling will be installed between Watergardens and Dandenong to further increase the number of trains that can run each hour reliably and safely on the line.

Cranbourne and Pakenham line passengers will be able to access City Loop services by interchanging at the new CBD stations which connect directly to Melbourne Central station and Flinders Street Station.

Cranbourne / Pakenham line - 45% more peak capacity with Metro Tunnel and other network improvements

Frankston line

The Metro Tunnel will create 15 per cent more capacity on the Frankston line during peak periods. This means more trains, less crowding and a more comfortable journey.

If Frankston line passengers interchange at Caulfield Station, they can access citybound Metro Tunnel express services to the new Domain Station and beyond. Alternatively, they can interchange at Melbourne Central Station or Flinders Street Station.

Frankston line - 15% more peak capacity

Sandringham line

The Metro Tunnel will create 48 per cent more capacity on the Sandringham line during peak periods. This means more trains, less crowding and a more comfortable journey.

Sandringham line - 48 more peak capacity

Sunbury line

The Metro Tunnel will create 60 per cent more capacity on the Sunbury line during peak periods. This means more trains, less crowding and a more comfortable journey.

The Metro Tunnel and its high capacity signalling will connect the Sunbury line to the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines with five new underground stations. Sunbury line passengers will be able to access City Loop services by interchanging at the new CBD stations which connect directly to Melbourne Central  station and Flinders Street Station.

Sunbury line - 60% more peak capacity

Upfield line

The Metro Tunnel will create 71 per cent more capacity on the Upfield line during peak periods. This means more trains, less crowding and a more comfortable journey.

Upfield line passengers will be able to access Metro Tunnel services by interchanging at Melbourne Central station and Flinders Street Station.

Upfield line - 71% more peak capacity

Werribee / Williamstown line

The Metro Tunnel will create 24 per cent more capacity on the Werribee and Williamstown lines during peak periods. This means more trains, less crowding and a more comfortable journey.

Werribee / Williamstown line - 24% more peak capacity

Sign up for eNews

Subscribe to our project enewsletter.
You can also choose to receive disruption notices via email.

Social media