$2.2B Announced for Victoria’s Biggest Rail Project Ever

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This week the Victorian Government has announced their commitment of $2.2 billion in funding for the initial and early works of Stage One of the Suburban Rail Loop.

As the biggest rail project ever to be built in Victoria, the first stage of the project will run between Cheltenham and Box Hill, with the full line eventually linking every major train line between Frankston and Werribee via the Melbourne Airport.

This multi-billion dollar funding will be used to purchase land, upgrade roads and power supply, build new sub-stations, relocate and protect gas, water and other utilities as well as deliver other vital infrastructure to prepare for major construction.

Major works will begin in 2022 with 800 direct jobs being created in the process.

H2: Six New Stations

There are six new proposed train stations for the line starting near Southland, underneath Sir William Fry Reserve. The other stations include next to Monash and Deakin Universities, central to the Box Hill and Glen Waverley activity centres and north of Carinish Road in Clayton where a transport super-hub will connect regional passengers to the loop.

These locations were determined after an 18-month long project development investigation including design, site investigations, engineering assessments and consultations with local stakeholders and the community.

Initial and early works on the project will enable launch sites to be established for tunnel boring machines in Melbourne’s Southeast.

Almost 300 boreholes have already been drilled as part of a geotechnical investigation. Now, the proposed stations will undergo a concentrated ground testing program to determine the precise underground station footprints and entrances.

H2: Community Impact

A project of this scale and complexity means there will be some unavoidable disruption to the surrounding community. However, efforts are being made to minimise impacts to homes and local businesses. Up to 300 landowners and tenant have already been notified that these rail works might impact their property.

H2: Victoria’s Biggest Rail Infrastructure Project

Premier Daniel Andrews commented on the large-scale project saying his government promised to deliver this project and they’re delivering on that promise.

“This is the biggest infrastructure project in Victoria’s history, and it will play a big role in getting our state back on track....Delivering a world-class public transport system – and creating tens of thousands of jobs for Victorians. This investment will pave the way for major construction on the Suburban Rail Loop,” Premier Andrews said.

This massive investment is expected to ensure the state’s biggest infrastructure project plays a role in Victoria’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. This project will produce a pipeline of work and economic stimulus, creating 20,000 jobs during construction and kickstarting the careers of 2,000 trainees, apprentices and cadets.

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