Glen Waverley SRL underground station artists concept (Credit Suburban Rail Loop Authority)
Glen Waverley SRL underground station artists concept (Credit Suburban Rail Loop Authority)

A global construction consortium has been appointed to the second tunnelling contract for the Victorian Government’s Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) East connecting Glen Waverley and Box Hill.

Terra Verde – comprised of WeBuild S.p.A, GS Engineering and Construction Australia, and Bouygues Construction Australia – will be responsible for building the 10-kilometre northern twin tunnels between the two suburbs.

Major piling works are already underway in Box Hill as crews build a temporary bridge to keep traffic flowing during construction.

SRL East will deliver train stations at Deakin and Monash universities, the connection of four major rail corridors, 70,000 new homes and 230,000 new job opportunities across surrounding precincts.

Train services are expected to be running by 2035.

The Government says the SRL will be key to providing the housing and transport connections needed as the state’s population grows, cutting congestion and creating up to 8,000 construction jobs during its first stage.

The project is currently supporting more than 1,200 workers across all six station sites, including a workforce of more than 41 per cent women across the Suburban Rail Loop Authority.

Another consortium, Suburban Connect, has been awarded the first $3.6 billion contract to complete the 16-kilometre southern twin tunnel between Cheltenham and Glen Waverley.

Site investigations and preparatory work are currently making way for tunnel boring machines (TBMs) to begin work in 2026.

(Image: Glen Waverley SRL underground station artists concept. Credit: Vic Govt/Suburban Rail Loop Authority)