Australia’s largest urban renewal area, Fishermans Bend, is set to be home to 80,000 residents, 80,000 workers and 20,000 tertiary students by 2050.

Transport planning is underway to ensure people who live, work and study in Fishermans Bend have access to public transport and essential amenities.

The Victorian Government has endorsed a preferred route for a possible future rail tunnel through Fishermans Bend and Docklands.

Residents and workers would have easy access to and from Fishermans Bend, the CBD and to the west with stations at the Fishermans Bend Innovation Precinct, Sandridge Precinct, and under Bourke Street in Docklands near Southern Cross Station.

Confirmation of the preferred future route and station locations provides certainty to landowners, businesses, and property developers. This rail connection would also unlock rail network capacity in growing parts of the State, boosting liveability and connectivity for all Victorians.

Planning work for complementary surface public transport is also well advanced. As a first stage outcome of this work the Victorian Government has already delivered almost 1500 additional bus services per week to the Fishermans Bend public transport network since 2022, increasing the frequency, reliability and coverage of service to the area.

With the preferred underground route in Fishermans Bend confirmed, further work on complementary surface public transport, and detailed precinct planning, can be finalised. Work is also being progressed to develop potential planning controls to protect the preferred route.


Page last updated: 08/06/24