24 April 2017

Stakeholders standing alongside Minister Jacinta Allen with excavater behind them

Construction has kicked off on the brand new rail line to Mernda that will carry train services to one of Victoria's fastest growing areas for the very first time.

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

The 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 2019.

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.

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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