Boosting metro capacity

Melbourne’s new Metro Tunnel and Metro Line will play a significant role in meeting the mobility needs of the city’s fast-growing population.

Boosting metro capacity

The population of Greater Melbourne is expected to double over the next 30 years, and the city has responded with a 10-year Transport Strategy that will move an additional 500,000 people around the city by 2036.

Playing a significant role are Melbourne’s new Metro Tunnel and Metro Line. As well as alleviating some of the city’s escalating traffic challenges, the 9-kilometer twin-rail tunnels and five new underground stations will help to attract the visitors needed to rebuild Melbourne’s $5.7 billion retail and hospitality sector. Siemens has been supporting the metro project with a range of solutions, including tunnel ventilation and control building management, power and distribution transformers, switchgear, protection systems, traction power components, and substation automation.

Employment across sectors within the City of Melbourne, 2019

Source: Metro Tunnel

Streamlining road transport

Another initiative to reduce traffic congestion is the Victorian Government’s Level Crossing Removal Project, which will see 76 level crossings removed by 2025. This extensive infrastructure project is simultaneously helping to transform stations and deliver exciting new community spaces. Siemens signaling and train control solutions are in place for some of the already-commissioned level crossing removal projects.

Melbourne is also increasing its commuter parking capacity near stations to reduce the number of cars in the city center. Together with other infrastructure initiatives such as improving city bypasses and creating more than 50 kilometers of protected bicycle lanes, the city aims to tip the balance toward greener modes of transport.

We’ve already seen the share of car trips to work in the city decrease by 25% since 2001, and today most people travel to work by train, not car. The delivery of projects such as Melbourne Metro will see car dependency continue to decline as more convenient transport alternatives become available.

Sally Capp, Lord Mayor of Melbourne

Safe harbor

In an Australian first, Port Melbourne and the Port of Burnie in Tasmania have implemented shoreline power for docked ships. This enables cargo ships travelling between Tasmania and Melbourne to shut down their onboard diesel generators while docked, reducing carbon emissions, air pollution, noise, and vibrations.

The Siemens SIHARBOR system provides Totally Integrated Power that adapts flexibly to all power ratings, voltages, and frequencies. This provides numerous benefits for port and ship operators, as well as improving quality of life for residents.

Melbourne in numbers


Melbourne Metro currently operates nearly 1,000 kilometers of track with 222 stations

Source: Melbourne Metro


A 10% increase in pedestrian connectivity can bring huge benefit to Melbourne’s businesses

Source: City of Melbourne


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