Proposed Melbourne rail extensions

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Several proposals have been put forward by various groups to expand the Melbourne rail network—proposals for additional rail lines, extensions to existing lines, as well as electrification to existing lines and new stations on existing lines. Some of these plans were so seriously considered at various times that they appeared in the Melway street directory,[1] and on suburban train destination rolls.[2]


Some of these proposals include:

Inner city[edit]

West–South East Rail Tunnel[edit]

  • On 2 April 2008 Sir Rod Eddington released his Investing in Transport—East West Needs Assessment report. It features a proposed 17 km long tunnel starting from West Footscray station running via the Parkville precinct, under Swanston Street, St Kilda Road, and Dandenong Road to Caulfield. Sunbury, Pakenham and Cranbourne line trains would run through it. The State Government accepted the recommendation in its Transport Plan, which proposed a two-stage approach to building a $4.5 billion Melbourne Metro Rail Project tunnel—the first stage from Dynon to Domain, then the second from Domain to Caulfield.[3]

North–South Rail Tunnel[edit]

  • In 2008 The Greens proposed an inner city metro in their transport discussion paper The People Plan. Amongst the proposals were underground rail from Jewell to Melbourne Central with a station at Parkville, railway along a sunken channel between Parkville and a proposed Doncaster line, and underground rail from South Yarra to Southern Cross with stations at King's Domain and Southbank.[4]
  • A 2007 proposal by the State Government involves connecting one of Craigieburn or Sydenham lines through to one of the Caulfield group of lines.[5][6]
  • A proposal suggested by the Melbourne City Council in 2005 is to build an underground rail line, the North South Rail Tunnel Metropolitan, through the inner city of Melbourne.[7][8] This tunnel would run from Jewell in Brunswick, and possibly Newmarket through to Windsor station, stopping at new and existing stations at Parkville near Melbourne University (new), Melbourne Central (existing), Flinders Street (existing) and Domain station (new) to the south. As well as providing train transport to these new areas the proposed line would greatly speed travellers running north-south through the CBD—this journey takes 36 minutes by tram and is overcrowded.[9] The proposal also suggests the possibility of linking the Caulfield group of lines to this tunnel.

Western suburbs[edit]

Werribee line[edit]

  • A new station on the Werribee line has been proposed between Werribee and Hoppers Crossing at Derrimut Road.
  • Reopening Werribee Racecourse railway station for special events. The platform is still in reasonably good condition but is not serviced by electrification which ends east of the Werribee Street level crossing (about 1 km short).[10][citation needed]
  • Sir Rod Eddington's Investing in Transport—East West Needs Assessment report also recommends a rail line from West Werribee to Sunshine (the non-electrified Tarneit link). The recommendation was accepted in the government's Transport Plan and is currently costed at $4.3 billion.[3] The Tarneit link will provide an alternative rail corridor for Werribee line passengers with up to 6 proposed new Stations at Black Forest, Wyndham Vale, Sayers, Chartwell, Tarneit & Truganina. Preliminary construction work commenced August 2009 and was completed in June 2015 as the Regional Rail Link at a cost of $3.65 billion, lower than initially estimated.[11]

Melton line[edit]

  • Electrifying part or all of the Melton greater metropolitan line, creating new train stations at Deer Park West and Caroline Springs, as well as a potential new station at Toolern, south east of Melton Township. This electrification was confirmed to be done in the Victorian Government's 2008 transport plan[citation needed]. A design for Caroline Springs was released publicly 4 June 2010.[12]

Northern suburbs[edit]

Melbourne Airport line[edit]

Albion–Jacana line[edit]

Craigieburn line[edit]

A proposal made by Metro Trains CEO Andrew Lezala has been for an electrification of the Craigieburn line to Wallan.[19]

Upfield line[edit]

North-eastern suburbs[edit]

Diagram showing Melbourne's rail network, including former and planned lines

Doncaster line[edit]

Plans for the Doncaster line first appeared in the 1890s, when the Government was considering a line from Heidelberg Station. Plans again re-emerged in 1969, when The Age announced that the Victorian Railways had started detailed planning for the line, which would branch off the Hurstbridge/Epping lines at Victoria Park and run down the Eastern Freeway median strip,[22] then to Bulleen Road, Bulleen, where it would travel between houses and proposed tunnels to Doncaster East.[1]

By 1982 plans to build the line had been shelved by the state government, and by 1984 land for the line once it left the freeway had been sold.[22] More recent proposals have suggested the line would run in a tunnel from Bulleen Road to a station at Doncaster Hill (Shoppingtown), or branch from the proposed Jewell-Windsor line at Parkville station. In this case, an additional station would be built at Carlton before the line reaches the Eastern Freeway.

During the 2006 state election, the Victorian Liberal Party promised to extend the number 48 tram to Doncaster Hill, claiming that constructing the heavy rail line would cost around $1 billion and was deemed too expensive an option.[23]

In 2008, the Victorian Greens released The People Plan, a reflection of their official policies, which includes the Doncaster line as well as the extension of the number 48 tram. As of 2009, every transport advocacy group and the local councils affected, fully support the construction of the line in conjunction with the aim of promoting future transit-oriented development.[citation needed]

On Thursday 14 March 2013 the Minister for Public Transport released the Doncaster Rail Study Phase One Draft Recommendations Report. The study estimates daily patronage of up to 56,000 people.[24]

South Morang line[edit]

  • Proposals to extend rail services to Mernda.[4] With the change of government in 2014, extension of the railway to Mernda is now being actively designed,[25] with the intent to open the railway within the next two terms of government. (2019)
  • A second South Morang railway line extension being considered is to the developing Aurora Estate. It may branch off at Lalor, and pass Pacific Plaza and Epping North.[26] The State Government's "Secure Reservations for Major Transport Corridors Project" has resulted in the alignment for this link being protected.[27]

Hurstbridge line[edit]

  • An extension of the Hurstbridge line to East Reservoir, was proposed in the 1950s as a means of opening up the area east of High Street towards Darebin Creek for residential development. The proposed route was a branch line from Alphington station to East Reservoir. The proposed line consisted of five stations and several bridges which meant that the line would not interfere with any road traffic. The proposed cost was approximately £250,000.[citation needed][28]
  • An additional station at Eltham North on Allendale Road in between Eltham and Diamond Creek was considered by the Transport Department. This station was intended to serve the population of Eltham North and St Helena and therefore help decrease the number of passengers using Eltham and Diamond Creek stations. However, as there are more important issues on Melbourne's train network, the proposal was scrapped and is now unknown whenever or not the Allendale Road station will ever be constructed.[29]

Eastern suburbs[edit]

Lilydale line[edit]


  • A new line to Rowville—the "Rowville Rail Link"—would be a new line from Huntingdale station eastwards along North Rd and Wellington Rd to Monash University, Waverley Park and on to Rowville.[33] The Greens proposed that Stud Park shopping centre be the terminus for the line.[4] The proposal is supported by Monash University[34] and activist group the Coalition for People's Transport[35]

The 2012 Rowville Rail Study line suggested:[36]

  • Minimum line speed of 80 km/h
  • Stations should allow 230 metre long platforms to accommodate 9-car trains
  • No new level crossings
  • A maximum gradient of 2%.

Proposals for a Rowville line have been investigated by the Baillieu-Napthine Victorian Governments through the Rowville Rail Feasibility Study, with preparations for the confirmation of an alignment currently underway.[37]

Alamein line[edit]

South-eastern suburbs[edit]

Frankston and Stony Point line[edit]

Pakenham and Cranbourne line[edit]

  • Re-opening the General Motors Station, which was closed in July 2002. Both platforms and the footbridge above the station remain but will require repairs and resurfacing or replacement, while the building and other fixtures will have to be demolished and new facilities built. Possible new names for the station include Dandenong South, Doveton or Eumemmerring.
  • Proposals have been made for an extension to Clyde, with a station at Cranbourne East, corresponding to new urban growth in the area. According to a Public Transport Victoria report released in April 2013, project commencement was estimated to be at least two decades away.[43]

Southern suburbs[edit]

St Kilda line[edit]

Although the St Kilda Line has been converted to light rail operation and is now part of Melbourne's tram network, several proposals for rail extensions existed throughout its working life.

Port Melbourne Line[edit]

Although the Port Melbourne Line has been converted to Light Rail operation and is now part of Melbourne's Tram network, several proposals for rail extensions existed throughout its working life.

Infrastructure constructed for future projects, not used[edit]


Western and Southwestern suburbs[edit]

Werribee and Williamstown lines[edit]

  • Provision for 3rd track—east side mainlines under Somerville Rd bridge, north end Yarraville station, account old goods yard.
  • Provision for 3rd track—west side mainlines over Francis St bridge, south end Yarraville station, additional width abutments.
  • Remnant of old 3rd track—east side mainlines south of Spotswood station, approx. 400m.
  • Provision was made for two side platforms just northeast of what later became Williams Landing station; this provision was removed during the Williams Landing station project.
  • Derrimut Rd rail overbridge, between Hoppers Crossing and Werribee, is designed for future addition of an island platform.

Sunbury and Melton lines[edit]

  • Bridge abutments constructed on south side of Tottenham station (Ashley St), provision for third track—demolished approx. 2012 to make way for two additional tracks as part of the Regional Rail Link project.
  • Anderson Road rail-under-road bridge section Sunshine to Ardeer—space for two additional tracks south side of alignment, with space under bridge cleared and ready, but dirt either side needs to be removed.
  • Sunbury project overhead wire gantries around Calder Park are wider, to make way for future station.
  • Rebuilt Ginifer and St Albans stations after level crossing removals have provisions for an extension of the platforms to accommodate future, longer high capacity trains.

Craigieburn and Upfield lines[edit]

  • Bridge over Western Ring Road in 1993, constructed with room for two tracks but presently only one side used.
  • Alignment provided for platform three at Craigieburn during electrification project 2006.

North-eastern suburbs[edit]

Doncaster line[edit]

  • Cutting built down centre of Eastern Freeway in 1975, starting from Victoria Park station. Filled in shortly after. No concrete, just dirt.
  • Some bridges Jolimont to Clifton Hill are built with abutments for a third track; Victoria Park's third track is used as a siding.

Hurstbridge line[edit]

Some provision is made for duplication in sections Heidelberg–Rosanna and Greensborough–Eltham, with some bridges and other earthworks completed.

Eastern suburbs[edit]

Ringwood, Lilydale and Belgrave lines[edit]

  • Bridge abutments constructed, south side Burnley to Camberwell both exclusive, provision for fourth track—provided approx. 1920
  • Box Hill platform 1—was used for short while during construction in 1983, since left unused but available for future fourth track.
  • Middleborough Road bridge and through Laburnum station—outside tracks laid, alignment designed with room for third track down the middle
  • Nunawading may have provision for a third track on the south side of the new alignment, though it is not clear.
  • Bridge over Eastlink, between Heatherdale and Ringwood, is designed for additional tracks both north and south sides, though some changes to overhead gantry supports would need to be made for the south alignment.

Alamein and Glen Waverley lines[edit]

  • Overhead wires Ashburton (now Alamein) to East Malvern may be designed with intent to match the c1940 Ashworth plan to run double track between those two points.

South-eastern suburbs[edit]

Frankston and Stony Point line[edit]

  • Triplication project Caulfield to Mordialloc was started/stopped a few times; result third track to Moorabbin in service, third track alignment west side under Dane Rd bridge and space provided for third track through Wickham Rd roundabout (up line is centred, down line offset east, therefore room for new line west side), and a handful of overhead gantries—perhaps a third—are spaced to allow for the future third track.
  • Down side Frankston, provision for second track on inside of curve between Frankston and Leawarra under three road bridges.

Pakenham and Cranbourne line[edit]

  • North Road bridge over line just southeast of Huntingdale station, has provision for additional third track.
  • Westall when rebuilt in 2009, included provision to turn current Platform 1 into an island, adding effectively a "Platform Zero".
  • Rail bridge over Callaghan Street subway has room for third track on north side
  • Merinda Park station built 1995 as part of Cranbourne electrification project; south side provision for second platform, allowing crossing loop or full duplication.

Non-electrified Victorian routes[edit]

  • Shelbourne to Laanecoorie extension—some trestle bridges completed
  • Nowingi to Millewa South branch
  • Robinvale to Lette branch
  • Level crossings Dunolly to Mildura—when rebuilt, included third rail to make for easy conversion to standard gauge at a later date, i.e. as part of the Murray Basin Rail Project.
  • Regional Rail Link at Tarniet (two island platforms, only middle tracks used at this stage); Wyndham Vale (two side platforms in use, room for additional platforms east side); Wyndham Vale south track is set out for two island platforms. Blackforest Rd and Greens Rd bridges are also designed for four tracks.
  • Standard gauge line slews west between Lara and Little River stations, at Peak School Rd level crossing. Likely provision for two side platforms.

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