Building the Suburban Rail Loop

The Andrews Labor Government will get on with the Suburban Rail Loop – the biggest transport project in Australian history that will connect our suburbs and our state.

Our transport system was built a century ago – designed to get people from their homes to jobs to Melbourne’s CBD.

But as we’ve grown, our state has changed. Melbourne’s suburbs have expanded, and jobs and services have decentralised to centres across Melbourne’s middle and outer suburbs.

As we continue to grow, demand on the transport network in and out of the CBD will continue to fill our roads and our trains.

To keep up with our growing population, create more jobs, help families get where they need to be, and make Melbourne a truly world-class city, our transport system needs overhauling.

The Suburban Rail Loop will transform how people move around Melbourne – connecting people directly to jobs, hospitals, universities, and the airport without having to travel in to the CBD.


  • The underground train network will circle Melbourne’s suburbs from Cheltenham to Melbourne Airport, with 12 new underground stations connecting our southern, eastern, and northern suburbs.

  • From the Airport, Labor’s new Melbourne Airport Rail Link will connect it to Sunshine, with the loop completed via a new connection to the Werribee line.

  • Regional Victorian passengers will benefit from regional super hubs at Clayton, Broadmeadows and Sunshine that will include interchanges with the new underground rail network.

  • The Suburban Rail Loop will be Victoria's busiest rail line, with 400,000 trips every day.

  • It will help to slash congestion, taking 200,000 cars off our roads.

  • And it will create around 20,000 jobs during construction – with up to 2,000 apprentices, trainees and cadets employed through Labor’s Major Projects Skills Guarantee.