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Getting On With It: Mernda Rail Project Released To Market

28 February 2016

The Andrews Labor Government today opened Expressions of Interest to design and construct the new rail line to Mernda.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan joined local members Danielle Green and Lily D’Ambrosio on the future site of the new Mernda Station to release the project to market today.

The rail extension includes a premium station at Mernda, integrated with the proposed Mernda Town Centre, and a new station near Marymede Catholic College with extensive car parking, bike storage and bus facilities.

Marymede was chosen as the first station due to its far greater car parking capacity, proximity to schools and local jobs, and because of the opportunities for value capture and partnership with the private sector.

However, given the strong community support for a third station, bidders will be required to investigate and price the proposed station near Hawkstowe Parade as part of the tender process.

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Could a sky rail arrive in Mernda?

February 28, 2016 Aisha Dow, Josh Gordon

Mernda Rail ProjectAn artist’s impression of an elevated railway over Bridge Inn Road in Mernda on display at a community consultation session.

Mernda residents are calling on the Andrews government to commit to a third new railway station in the area, amid concerns that the extension of the line from South Morang could include sections of elevated "sky rail".

A site near Marymede Catholic College has been chosen as the location of a secondary station between South Morang and the planned Mernda Station, off Bridge Inn Road.

The site was picked over a station near Hawkstowe​ Parade because of the greater availability of space for car parking combined with a strong community preference to be able to drive to the new station.

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$7.4 Million Boost For Mernda Rail Project

13 April 2017

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The Andrews Labor Government has added a pedestrian overpass to the design of the brand new Mernda station that will be built as part of the extension of the South Morang line.

Minister for Suburban Development Lily D’Ambrosio announced today that $7.4 million from the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) fund will go towards a pedestrian overpass, which is being built as part of the Mernda Rail Extension.

The pedestrian overpass will mean commuters can catch their train more quickly and avoid crossing busy Bridge Inn Road to get to the station.

Construction will commence in the coming months, with a site office now established to house up to 150 project staff at 323 McDonalds Road, Epping.

Three new state-of-the-art stations will be built as part of the eight-kilometre extension of the rail line – at Mernda, Hawkstowe and near Marymede Catholic College.

The new stations will open to the public in 2019 and are expected to be used by around 8,000 commuters every day.

The $588 million Labor Government project will also deliver new train stabling north of Bridge Inn Road, walking and cycling paths between all stations, and up to 2,000 car parking spaces.

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Construction Begins On Melbourne’s Newest Rail Line

25 April 2017

Construction has kicked off on the brand new rail line to Mernda that will carry train services to the heart of one of Victoria’s fastest growing areas.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan joined Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green in Mernda today to mark the start of works on the Andrews Labor Government’s extension of the South Morang line to Mernda.

Over the coming weeks, construction crews will establish work areas, remove vegetation and prepare the rail corridor for major construction to ramp up later this year.

The $600 million Mernda Rail Extension will build eight kilometres of new, duplicated track and three state-of-the-art stations at Mernda, Hawkstowe and near Marymede Catholic College. The stations are expected to be used by around 8,000 passengers every day when they open in early 2019.

The last time a train line was extended by more than two stations was in 1930, when the East Malvern line was extended to Glen Waverley.

The project will create up to 3,000 jobs – 1,200 directly during construction and as many as 1,800 indirectly in local businesses and industries supported by the project. It is also expected to support more than 70 ongoing jobs once trains are up and running.

Like every major Labor Government project, the Mernda Rail Extension will also provide employment for young workers and people reskilling from other industries, with at least 10 per cent of work carried out by trainees, apprentices and engineering cadets.

The project includes new walking and cycling paths, better bus connections, and train stabling in Mernda. There will also be extensive bike storage and up to 2,000 new car spaces across the three new stations.

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Mernda Rail Extension Opens Today Six Months Early

26 August 2018

The brand new eight-kilometre Mernda Rail extension, complete with three new stations, has opened for passengers today — six months ahead of schedule.

The $600 million rail extension with three new stations at Mernda, Hawkstowe and Middle Gorge is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s investment in our rapidly growing outer suburbs, making it easier for families in Melbourne’s north to travel to work, school or uni, or to visit family and friends.

The new line is the result of almost 18 months of construction work along the rail corridor that has seen around 1,200 construction jobs created and more than 1,800 jobs created in other industries. More than 100 young apprentices, cadets and trainees have worked on site, many for whom this has been their first role in the industry.

Finishing touches, such as landscaping around the stations, will continue to be made over coming months.

The three new stations are expected to cater for up to 8,000 commuters a day, using 2,000 new car parks to help ease congestion along Plenty Road. New shared walking and cycling paths will connect the stations and provide alternative transport options.

Three new community spaces have been built at Hawkstowe Station, The Parkway and Mernda Station, which also includes a much-anticipated skate park.

Mernda Station will give passengers access to 982 services to the city every week, with two new and seven realigned bus routes connecting passengers with the three new stations on the Mernda line.

Additionally, passengers across Melbourne will have more trains, more often, with the new train timetable starting today. The new timetable will see the introduction of 190 new metropolitan train services every week and hundreds of extended services across Melbourne’s north, west and south east.

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