Proponent: Suburban Rail Loop Authority

The Suburban Rail Loop is a new 90-kilometre rail line that will connect Melbourne’s metropolitan train lines from the Frankston Line in the east to the Werribee Line in the west. The first stage of the Suburban Rail Loop program is the south-east segment from Cheltenham to Box Hill.

Suburban Rail Loop Stage One includes the following key components:

  • twin rail tunnels between Cheltenham and Box Hill, via a stabling yard in Heatherton;
  • six new stations at Cheltenham, Clayton, Monash, Glen Waverley, Burwood and Box Hill with interchanges to existing railway stations at Cheltenham, Clayton, Glen Waverley and Box Hill;
  • a stabling yard including a train wash, maintenance facilities and operational control centre.

Suburban Rail Loop Authority (SRLA) is managing the Project on behalf of the Victorian Government.


EES required

On 11 November 2020, Suburban Rail Loop Authority provided the Minister for Planning with a Project Outline to inform a decision on whether to declare the project described in the Project Outline to be 'public works' for the purposes of section 3(1) of the Environment Effects Act.

The Suburban Rail Loop Authority also provided the Minister for Planning an Initial Works Impact Assessment and Approvals Report to inform a decision on whether to exclude initial works from the declaration of public works.

On 20 December 2020, the Minister for Planning declared the works proposed for the Suburban Rail Loop Stage One as public works requiring an environment effects statement (EES), including community consultation and an independent panel review to inform the Minister's Assessment and decision-making.

The works to be excluded from the public works order are specified in Schedule 1 of the order.

In accordance with normal EES practice, a statement of the Minister's Reasons for Order has been prepared.

Public works

Public works are defined as being works undertaken, or proposed to be undertaken, by or on behalf of the Crown or for public statutory bodies, but does not include works undertaken by or on behalf of municipal councils.

More information

If you have any questions or need further information, get in touch via the contact details below.

  • Suburban Rail Loop Stage One
    Suburban Rail Loop Authority
    ☎ Phone: 1800 105 105
    ✉ Email: contact@srla.vic.gov.au


All documentation relating to this project can be found here.

EES documents