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Metro Tunnel


The Metro Tunnel has been assessed through a well-tested, robust and transparent planning assessment process and construction is now underway.

Planning Scheme Amendments

We have recently sought feedback on a draft Planning Scheme Amendment (GC96) for additional infrastructure and signalling works to take full advantage of the extra capacity on the rail network created by the Metro Tunnel.

Find out more about Planning Scheme Amendments for the Metro Tunnel.

Development Plans

As part of the requirements of the Metro Tunnel Incorporated Document, Development Plans are required to be prepared by contractors appointed to deliver permanent infrastructure for the Metro Tunnel Project and made available for public viewing and comment for 15 business days, prior to submission to the Minister for Planning for approval.

We are currently seeking feedback on draft Development Plans for the Western and Eastern tunnel entrances.

Planning approvals

The Metro Tunnel Project has undergone an extensive and robust planning assessment process. As part of this, the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority published an Environment Effects Statement (EES) to satisfy legislation governing the construction of major projects in Victoria.

In December 2016, the Minister for Planning released his Assessment under the Environment Effects Act 1978, which concludes the EES process for the project. Find out more about planning approvals.

Construction planning

A number of different construction techniques will be used to successfully deliver a project as large and complex as the Metro Tunnel.

A number of construction sites are currently proposed to be located at the station precincts and other suitable locations along the alignment. Find out more about the planned construction methods.

There will also be changes to roads and transport network to keep Melbourne moving during construction of this city-shaping project

Learning from other projects

We are reaching out to some of the biggest rail infrastructure projects in the world to look at innovative ways to manage complex construction in urban areas.

The Metro Tunnel Project shares a number of similar challenges and opportunities with major international projects, particularly in the engineering, constructability and community relations spaces.


We aim to achieve excellent environmental, social and economic outcomes across all phases of the project in order to deliver an integrated project that connects the community in an environmentally sustainable manner. View our Sustainability Vision.

Project alignment

The alignment for the Metro Tunnel is currently being refined as part of our planning and design process. Some property acquisition will be required. See the Project Alignment page for more details.

Site investigations are progressing at a number of sites along the alignment to gather further information about ground and environmental conditions. Find out about the types of investigations we've undertaken.