Detailed planning and investigations are underway for Melbourne’s Suburban Rail Loop as the Victorian Government begins its stakeholder engagement process.
The Aurecon Jacobs Mott MacDonald Joint Venture has been appointed as technical advisor for the project, with KPMG engaged as the commercial advisor.
The focus of the consultation will be on the first stage of the Suburban Rail Loop, the South East Section. As detailed planning begins to develop, input will be sought form communities, local government, peak bodies, and key health, education and industry stakeholders along the proposed corridor.
The Cities of Whitehorse, Monash and Kingston will provide feedback and allow for further consultation around site investigations and geotechnical studies.
Initial site inspections are expected to start in the second half of 2019. Currently, a range of general precincts for the project have been identified, but specific station locations haven’t been finalised.
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Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) is leading the design, development, station location and operational requirements.
The Suburban Rail Loop will be a 90-kilometre rail line that circles Melbourne’s suburbs. It will include the creation of 12 new stations and aims to connect every major railway line from Frankston to Werribee via Melbourne Airport.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the project will support local jobs, slash travel times and help get people where they need to go.
“The Suburban Rail Loop will change the way we move around Melbourne forever, and we’re not wasting a minute getting this vital project started,” Andrews said.
Victorian Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan said the look would provide Victorians better access to jobs, education and health services, wherever they live.