Aug 01, 2016

Melbourne is getting a new underground rail line and five new underground stations.

The $10.9 billion Metro Tunnel will transform the way people move around Melbourne, with ‘turn up and go’ rail services and improved access to key destinations.

Twin nine-kilometre tunnels will deliver a new dedicated pathway through the heart of the city for two of Melbourne’s busiest rail lines, relieving tram crowding on St Kilda Road and Swanston Street and reducing road congestion.

The Metro Tunnel will create a new end-to-end rail line from Sunbury in the west to Cranbourne / Pakenham in the south-east, with high capacity trains and five new underground stations at Arden, Parkville, CBD North, CBD South and Domain.

Pedestrian connections at Melbourne Central station and Flinders Street Station will allow City Loop passengers to seamlessly interchange with Metro Tunnel services at CBD North and CBD South respectively. Additionally, a tram / train interchange at the new Domain station will help to alleviate pressure on the busy Swanston Street - St Kilda Road tram corridor.

By giving the Sunbury, Cranbourne and Pakenham lines their own tunnel through the CBD, additional capacity for more services will be created on the Werribee, Frankston, Craigieburn, Upfield and Sandringham lines. As a result, 39,000 more passengers will be able to use the rail network during each peak period from the first day of operation.

It is anticipated that there will be some impacts to the road network while the Metro Tunnel is under construction. These includes temporary closures and lane reductions on key arterials such as St Kilda Road, Franklin Street (Melbourne CBD), Domain Road (Melbourne) and Grattan Street (Parkville) while the new underground stations are built.

Road disruption information will be communicated to the taxi industry well ahead of construction commencing, and appropriate diversions will be put in place to keep Melbourne moving. Subject to the necessary planning approvals, early works will begin in 2017 with major works commencing in 2018.

The Metro Tunnel is expected to be operational by 2026. Working names are currently being used for the stations and a decision on what they will be called will be determined closer to the completion date.

The Metro Tunnel is being delivered by the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority on behalf of the Victorian Government.

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