Building for the future

Our transport system must develop and adapt to the changed needs of Victoria’s people and economy.

As our population grows and demographics change, so do our transport system demands. We must think ahead and design new transport infrastructure with an eye to the future. The Victorian Government is planning and building transport solutions that are needed now. And also cater for the needs of tomorrow.

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The Metro Tunnel will create nearly 7,000 jobs for Victorians, with 10% of the workforce being apprentices, trainees or engineering cadets.


Projects and reforms

The Victorian Infrastructure Plan includes 11 projects and reforms under this Transport priority. These are detailed in the Transport sector plan and full edition VIP, available for download together with:

  • Government response - outlines our position and addresses 137 recommendations made by Infrastructure Victoria in its 30-year Infrastructure Strategy
  • Technical report - indicates where projects and reforms meet the plan’s four objectives

Case study

Metro Tunnel

Major work is underway on the $11 billion Metro Tunnel, Australia's biggest public transport project. Metro Tunnel will boost our rail network’s capacity by 39,000 in each two hour peak period.

Daily passenger use of City Loop stations is expected to rise from 580,000 in 2011 to 1.1 million by 2031. Taking some of Melbourne's busiest train lines through a new city tunnel will free up space in our City Loop. Then more trains can run into and out of the city.

This will bring major improvements in Melbourne’s rail network efficiency and reliability. Especially for the train lines serving Melbourne’s outlying growth areas. This project is a once in a generation change that will enhance Melbourne’s status as a liveable and well connected city.

The two 9 kilometre rail tunnels built under Melbourne will accommodate five new underground stations:

  • CBD North
  • CBD South
  • Arden
  • Parkville
  • Domain

These new stations will give heavy rail access to a new catchment of 200,000 workers, students and residents. Platforms will feature international-style passenger safety screen doors and extra length to service High Capacity Metro Trains going into service on the new Sunbury to Cranbourne/Pakenham line.

The Metro Tunnel project will create nearly 7,000 jobs for Victorians, including 500 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets working as part of the tunnels and stations package.

The project includes procurement and utilisation of around $1 billion worth of signalling and communications systems. This will allow High Capacity Metro Trains to operate safely, efficiently and frequently.

Overall, the Metro Tunnel is expected to benefit all Victorians. It will make moving in and around the city easier while enhancing access to jobs, education, health and culture.


The Victorian Infrastructure Plan identifies 3 other priorities within the Transport sector. They are:

Making the most of existing assets

Connecting regional Victoria

Developing smarter transport solutions