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Metro Tunnel

Project benefits

Construction is underway on the Metro Tunnel, Victoria's biggest ever public transport project.

By taking three of our busiest train lines through a new tunnel under the city, the Metro Tunnel will free up space in the City Loop to run more trains in and out of the city.

That means more trains, more often to the suburbs and regional Victoria, with a less crowded and more reliable train network.

The Metro Tunnel will benefit all Victorians by making it easier to move around the city and enhancing access to jobs, education, health and culture.

Benefits delivered by the Metro Tunnel

Key Metro Tunnel features

  • 65 new High Capacity Metro Trains - running between Sunbury and Cranbourne / Pakenham through the Metro Tunnel. These trains are 20% bigger with more room for passengers.
  • Two 9km rail tunnels under Melbourne, connecting some of our busiest rail lines.
  • Passenger safety will be enhanced with international-style platform screen doors installed in the five new underground stations.
  • High capacity signalling on the Sunbury to Cranbourne / Pakenham line using technology to run trains every few minutes.
  • Future-proofed to cater for our growing city with platforms for longer trains in the future.

Commuter benefits

  • Allow more trains to run in and out of the city on the Sunbury, Cranbourne and Pakenham lines as well as the Werribee, Craigieburn, Upfield, Sandringham and Frankston lines.
  • Greater capacity for 39,000 more passengers during each peak period from the first day of operation.
  • Easing overcrowding in the inner core of the rail network.
  • Relieving tram crowding and congestion on St Kilda Road and Swanston Street.
  • Reshaping travel demand to enable a future restructure of the tram network within the expanding CBD.
  • Creating network capacity to enable the future construction, extension and electrification of rail lines across Melbourne.

Social benefits

  • Providing three new stations (Arden, Parkville and Domain) in areas not currently serviced by heavy rail with a combined catchment of over 200,000 jobs, student enrolments and residents.
  • Improving social and economic inclusion as more people will be able to access employment, education, sporting, entertainment and cultural opportunities in Central Melbourne via public transport.
  • Stimulating significant urban renewal in inner city areas such as Arden-Macaulay.
  • By enabling more workers to locate in a highly productive and employment-dense area, the benefits will flow to businesses, employees, and the economy at large.
  • Metro Tunnel will be the catalyst for enhanced connectivity and will underpin Melbourne's rail network growth for decades to come.
  • Improved frequency and reliability of rail services will encourage travellers to leave their cars at home, reducing traffic congestion in the north, west and south-east.
  • Reducing the number of road crashes, lowering the level of greenhouse gas emissions and improving health, due to increased physical activity, as people switch from car travel to public transport.

Sustainable population and jobs growth

  • Better transport connections to education, health, employment and cultural opportunities support sustainable population and jobs growth.
  • Enabling communities in key population corridors in the west and north to be better connected with knowledge-based jobs.
  • Creating education and employment opportunities in the city's inner west for Melbourne's key population growth corridors to the north, west and south-east of Melbourne.

Economic benefits

  • Economy-wide modelling demonstrates that the Metro Tunnel is expected to create approximately 4,700 jobs nationwide at the peak of construction.
  • The construction and operation of the Metro Tunnel is expected to increase Victoria's Gross State Product by at least $7 billion.
  • Improvements in the transport network as a result of the Metro Tunnel will boost:
    • existing national employment clusters: Melbourne CBD, Monash and Dandenong South)
    • emerging employment clusters: East Werribee and Sunshine
    • existing activity centres: Sunshine, Footscray, Broadmeadows, Frankston, Dandenong, Narre Warren and Fountain Gate.

Station precinct benefits

Each of the new Metro Tunnel stations will:

  • Enhance transport access to strategic locations in Melbourne
  • Reduce crowding at City Loop stations and relieve congestion on the rail network
  • Provide interchange opportunities with other modes of transport
  • Lead to the creation of new urban landmarks and precincts
  • Be a catalyst for new residential and commercial developments.