The first station locations and preferred route for Melbourne’s Suburban Rail Loop have been revealed, along with a new authority to deliver the project.
Three new transport “superhubs” will be built at Sunshine, Broadmeadows and Clayton stations. The preferred alignment and station precinct locations were also revealed in Cheltenham, Clayton, Monash University, Glen Waverley, Burwood and Box Hill.
The Suburban Rail Loop project aims to connect every metropolitan rail line to create a rail link to the airport and the regional rail network.
It aims to cut congestion across Melbourne’s transport network and create more than 20,000 jobs during construction.
The design and delivery of the project will be led by the Suburban Rail Loop Authority, which will begin work this week. It will be led by Chief Executive Nick Foa, who is experienced in infrastructure, planning and government administration.
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“I’m excited to work on this once in a generation project, which will create stronger connections between suburban Melbourne, create more open spaces and provide new opportunities for business in the suburbs,” Foa said.
The new authority will begin consultation with local governments, universities and other stakeholders to find options for where the stations will be located in the precincts.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the new authority will ensure the biggest public transport project in Victoria’s history.
“The Suburban Rail Loop will better connect Victorians to jobs, education and each other. We promised to get on with it, and that’s exactly what we’re doing,” he said.
Geotechnical works are already underway on the project, which will inform the development of the business case.
A registration of interest process for local and global firms has also begun, in order to establish the best team to build the project.