The development of the Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) in Melbourne, Australia, the very first new rail line since the Glen Waverley line was opened in 1930, is reportedly well on course.
Expression of Interest is soon open for the next works package. The contract will feature further development works for the project’s design, construction, and operation. More especially, for all its tunnel systems as well as infrastructure for the SRL East.
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The SRL East will deliver 26-kilometer twin tunnels. It will also feature six underground stations that are between Box Hill and Cheltenham. As a whole, the Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) in Melbourne will transform the entire public transport system. More so, in Melbourne’s east and southeast.
Additionally, it will create well over 8,000 employment opportunities during the course of its construction and development.
Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) in Melbourne to serve as an upgrade to public transport
Currently, two out of four stages of the SRL are underway, the SRL East and the SRL Airport, which will be delivered by Rail Projects Victoria, between Melbourne Airport and Sunshine.
The project will connect every major existing line between Cheltenham and Werribee establishing direct rail access to several areas for the first time. In a nutshell, the Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) in Melbourne will place a new benchmark for convenient, modern, and efficient public transport.
The project’s new contract features a 15-year term to operate and maintain the SRL East. This includes all the signaling as well as communication systems, trains, and tracks. Furthermore, it includes the maintenance depot and stabling facility.
The Expressions of Interest will open later in 2023, while the final selection will happen in 2025. Thereafter, tunneling will begin in 2026. For the 90-kilometer orbital railway, it is a major procumbent milestone, as it follows a tremendous year of progress.