Melbourne Metro 2 (MM2) is the vital next addition to Melbourne’s 21st century rail network and integrated public transport system. It’s a tunnel between Newport and Clifton Hill via Fishermans Bend, Southern Cross, Flagstaff, Parkville and Fitzroy connecting to existing services.
What is it?
MM2 would transform the city by creating a cross-town service from Wyndham Vale in the south-west to Mernda in the north-east. This creates the public transport network spine of metro train lines from the north-east to the south-west (MM2) and the north-west to the south-east (MM1 under current construction).
#BuildMM2 is a winner for all of Melbourne, particularly people in the west, the north east, and the inner city. The west and north are Melbourne’s fastest growing regions. A metro train connection creates better access to jobs and educational opportunities. MM2 will enable everyone to get to the city faster, in comfort, without having to sit in traffic and waste time looking for costly parking.
Why do we need it?
How it helps the Western suburbs
Across the west, accessibility to the city would be dramatically expanded:
- Increase the capacity of the Werribee line 4 times over.
- Get people into the city faster by bypassing the inner-west (Spotswood to North Melbourne) stations, while still connecting with them at Newport.
- Free up capacity on the Altona and Williamstown Lines allowing more services to run.
How it helps the North, Eastern and North-East suburbs
Improving public transport access for people in the east and north east by:
- Adding capacity on the busy Mernda (formerly South Morang) Line.
- Freeing up capacity on the Hurstbridge Line for more frequent services.
- Making an Epping North/Wollert branch more viable to serve new communities.
- Creating the capacity necessary for a future Doncaster Line to fill the public transport black spot.
- Add connection to future Airport Rail.
How it helps the inner suburbs
In the inner north and inner south, MM2 creates new PT opportunities in busy areas with:
- A train tunnel that would run under the congested Alexandra Parade - connecting people from the end of the Eastern Fwy to the University of Melbourne, city and beyond.
- New train connections in the inner north, and new Fishermans Bend where, despite close proximity to the city, there is no no train access.
- Closer access to the rail network for existing residents and businesses in neighbouring suburbs such as Port Melbourne and Albert Park.
How it helps the whole city
- Building on MM1, it would use longer trains carrying more passengers, running more often.
- A metro-style train line can carry up to 40,000 people per hour per track with 2-minute services, or 21,000 per hour for 5-minute services.
- Meanwhile, freeways can only carry 2,000 cars per lane, with a maximum capacity of a 10-lane freeway in one direction of 10,000 cars per hour, mostly only one occupant. The West Gate Tunnel Project (WGT) will be 6 lanes, designed to a maximum capacity in the peak of only 6,000 cars each way - a fraction of what a train line could carry.
- Additions to the Metro network mean less cars and congestion on the road. Let’s leave the roads for those that need them, like our emergency services, tradies, and people with accessibility needs.
When could it happen?
If the state government committed to planning for MM2 in 2019, it could be operational by 2028 or earlier.
As a significant infrastructure project, building and operating MM2 will create thousands of local jobs. MM1 is generating 7,000 jobs alone. Both will create ongoing jobs once operational, and spark development of housing and businesses along the route.
Victoria has already invested in the technology needed to build MM1. Let’s extend the life of that equipment and expertise, making both projects more cost effective and creating longer-lasting jobs.
Waiting until after MM1 is operational is too late. We need to get moving now, to catch up and meet our future city requirements. It took 10+ years of planning and waiting before the first stage began. Let’s not risk losing momentum and falling further behind.
How much will it cost?
MM2 could be built in a single project or staged. Infrastructure Victoria’s (IV) analysis estimated the cost for the whole project between $13.9 to $20.8Bn.
Compare this to the combined total cost of $38.3Bn for the three planned mega road projects in the same transport corridor as MM2: West Gate Tunnel $6.8Bn; North East Link $16.5Bn and East West Link $15Bn. These projects will only attract more cars and congestion, and will not solve our long term problem. It is a lot of money to spend on a temporary solution. Add to that the costs of tolls on the community and the benefits of these mega toll roads are hard to see.
MM2 on the other hand would provide long term sustainable solutions to our congestion problems and provide greater transport choices for commuters and others who currently have no option other than driving. It would remove congestion, not add to it.
THE ASK: COMMIT TO PLANNING MELBOURNE METRO 2 IN 2019
- $100 million to kick off planning
- Begin construction for MM2 to be operational by 2028