The stakeholder engagement process for the project began this week.
The first stage of consultation will look at stage one of the project in the South East section.
Throughout the planning process input will be sought from local communities, local governments, peak bodies and key players in health, education and industry along the proposed corridor.
“The Suburban Rail Loop will change the way we move around Melbourne forever, and we’re not wasting a minute getting this vital project started,” said Premier Daniel Andrews.
The government will meet with Whitehorse, Monash and Kingston council representatives to pave the way for further consultations around site investigations for ecological and geotechnical studies.
Rail Projects Victoria (RPV), the team delivering the Metro Tunnel, will lead the design, development, station location assessments and operational requirements.
RPV will work with the advisory company joint venture Aurecon, Jacobs, Mott MacDonald (AJM) as technical advisors and KPMG as the commercial advisor for the Suburban Rail Loop.
The project is a new 90 kilometre rail line circling Melbourne’s suburbs, with 12 new stations connecting every major train line from Frankston to Werribee via Melbourne Airport.
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