Concept designs have been released for Melbourne’s new underground station at Monash, part of the Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) East project being planned between Cheltenham and Box Hill.
The station will be located north of Monash University between Normanby and Ferntree Gully roads, with a proposed southern entrance providing access to Monash University. The northern entrance will connect through to the industrial and business precinct.
Along with an interchange for bus services and improvements to local roads, the new station will improve access to education, health and research facilities, delivering important transport connections to the Monash National Employment and Innovation Cluster (NEIC).
SRL includes strategic land planning and development initiatives in SRL Precincts that will attract and support clusters of new businesses and deliver better local services and additional housing.
The 90-kilometre rail line will be Victoria’s biggest ever transport investment, linking every major rail line from the Frankston line to the Werribee line, via Melbourne Airport.
Six SRL precincts are planned to be built on the SRL East line, at Cheltenham, Clayton, Monash, Glen Waverley, Burwood and Box Hill, with the Clayton station one of the three transport super hubs to connect regional services to SRL. Two more super hubs are planned in Broadmeadows and Sunshine for SRL North and SRL West.
The SRL station at Monash is expected to cater for approximately 7,150 passengers during the peak hour when the full SRL East and SRL North line is operational.
In delivering SRL East and SRL North, the Suburban Rail Loop Authority (SRLA) is seeking to position Monash Precinct as a globally recognised innovation precinct, building on Monash University’s strengths in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to attract and retain leading global firms.
This will be supported by an attractive public realm, comprehensive walking, cycling and public transport networks, accessible spaces and a diverse lifestyle and hospitality offering.
SRL East will slash travel times, with commuters saving an average of 40 minutes on a one-way trip from Monash to Cheltenham with SRL East, and up to 170 minutes on return journeys from Bundoora to Monash University with SRL East and SRL North.
Construction starts next year on SRL East — with 26 kilometres of twin tunnels and six new stations at Cheltenham, Clayton, Monash, Glen Waverley, Burwood and Box Hill — with trains running by 2035.
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