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The route for the eastern section of the $50 billion Suburban Rail Loop has been locked in by the Andrews Government, with six new stations to be built.
New underground stations will be positioned along the line at Monash University in Clayton and in Burwood, while four interchange stations are planned at Cheltenham, Clayton, Glen Waverley and Box Hill.
Premier Daniel Andrews has also announced that a new Suburban Rail Loop Authority will start work this week to design the ambitious project so that construction can begin in 2022.
The authority, to be headed by Nick Koa, will immediately begin consultation with councils, universities and other key stakeholders to decide on the exact locations for the new stations in these areas.
At this stage, it is unclear how many properties will have to be acquired to construct the new tunnel and stations, but Mr Andrews said the government would look to “minimise the amount of impact on local residents”.
The Suburban Rail Loop will stop at Monash University in Clayton and in Burwood, while four interchange stations are planned at Cheltenham, Clayton, Glen Waverley and Box Hill. Picture: SuppliedThe loop, which will circle around the CBD and connect to every suburban railway line, is expected to take several decades to build and will eventually carry 400,000 passengers a day, according to the government’s modelling.
Mr Andrews announced the preferred route at Monash University in Clayton this morning, where he was also asked about the progress of the state and federal government’s commitment to a rail link to Monash’s other Caulfield campus.
Mr Andrews said planning work was continuing on that project — to which the federal government promised $475 million early last year — but indicated that the Suburban Rail Loop had altered the design process.
He said he had discussed it several times with Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently, adding: “You can’t proceed with that project and ignore the fact that Suburban Rail Loop is being built as well. The two need to work together well.”
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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