26 September 2023

Rail loop to run round travel times

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The Suburban Rail Loop is on time to deliver shorter, faster and more reliable journeys to more than 80 per cent of Melbourne’s population.

Minister for the Suburban Rail Loop, Jacinta Allan revealed the new travel time savings modelling for the first stage of the project earlier this week.

“The project will transform the way people commute right across Melbourne with new destinations and connections,” Ms Allan said.

“Stage One between Cheltenham and Box Hill will be delivered first, and public transport users in Melbourne’s south east will experience much faster journeys on the underground line, saving up to an hour on a one way trip,” she said.

“Return trips to key destinations will be up to two hours faster.”

Ms Allan said commuters from across Melbourne and Victoria would get faster connections to Deakin University in Burwood and Monash University in Clayton as the universities were connected to the train network for the first time.

She said the trains would take only three to four minutes between stations, and a journey from Cheltenham to Box Hill would be just 22 minutes.

“Travel times between Traralgon and Box Hill Hospital will be around 26 minutes faster,” she said.

“A trip from Lilydale to Monash University will be between 20 and 40 minutes quicker.”

Ms Allan said construction of Stage One of the Suburban Rail Loop would start next year.

Further information on the Rail Loop, including how to comment on its development, can be accessed at this PS News link.

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