28 February 2016
The Victorian Government has called for Expressions of Interest to design and construct the new rail line to Mernda.
The rail extension from South Morang to Mernda 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 location 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.
The Level Crossing Removal Authority is delivering the project, which will include five grade separations, guaranteeing no new level crossings as part of the rail extension. Stabling facilities for trains north of Bridge Inn Road in Mernda will also be built as part of the project.
A new bus network will be introduced in April, providing better public transport for locals living in Mernda, Doreen, South Morang and Whittlesea.
Expressions of Interest will be open for four weeks. The tender process will follow during 2016, with construction to begin in 2017 and be completed in 2019, creating hundreds of jobs during construction.
Early project design concepts will be available via this web page over the coming days or can be viewed by visiting community feedback sessions currently underway. See the Mernda Rail web page for details of the sessions and to have your say via the Social Pinpoint online consultation tool.