The Metro Tunnel

Built with the latest technology, the $10.9 billion Metro Tunnel project will enable more trains to run in and out of the city to cater for Melbourne's growth. Fully funded by the Victorian Government, the project will transform the way people move around Melbourne and access key landmarks and destinations.

Metro Tunnel - December 2016 update - YouTube

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Artist impression of proposed Parkville station, Grattan Street entrance, showing escalator and lift access.

The Metro Tunnel takes two of our busiest train lines out of the congested City Loop, creating a new end-to-end Sunbury to Cranbourne-Pakenham line across the city.

The Environment Effects Statement assessment for the Metro Tunnel has been released, paving the way for major construction to start in early 2017.

Works have started to relocate and protect utilities such as gas, power and telecommunications services.

The Metro Tunnel is expected to be operational by 2026 and during peak construction is expected to create 4700 jobs nationwide – providing a significant boost for Victoria's economy.

Project benefits

Key to the future expansion of Victoria's rail network, the Metro Tunnel will:

  • enable our transport system to grow as our community does
  • provide reliable, high capacity services on the new line
  • free up much-needed space in the City Loop for more trains to run more often on other lines such as the Werribee, Craigieburn and Frankston lines
  • cater for an extra 39,000 passengers during the peak periods.

Want to know more?

Visit the Metro Tunnel website to find out more.

Page last updated: 24 January 2017