The Victorian Government will build three state-of-the-art stations at Marymede, Mernda and Hawkstowe as part of the Mernda Rail Extension Project.

Opening in early 2019, the new eight kilometres of rail line will help connect one of Victoria’s fastest growing areas to work, study, healthcare, shopping and entertainment both locally and into the city.


The Mernda Rail Extension Project will include:

  • a new premium station at Mernda, integrated with the proposed Mernda Town Centre
  • a further two new stations, the first adjacent to Marymede Catholic College and the other next to Hawkstowe Parade
  • up to 2,000 car parking spaces, as well as bicycle storage and bus facilities around all stations
  • three rail bridges and two road underpasses, meaning no level crossings
  • new walking and cycling paths linking into the existing path network, stations, schools and Plenty Gorge Park
  • a train stabling yard at the end of the line
  • around 1200 construction jobs and more than 1800 jobs in other businesses and industries in the area.

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Project status

In November, John Holland was announced as the successful bidder to construct the Mernda Rail Extension Project. John Holland has engaged Grimshaw architects to design Marymede, Hawstowe and Mernda stations. Construction will begin across the three sites in 2017


The majority of rail will be at ground level, with less than 14 per cent of the entire track on elevated structure. The privacy of neighbouring residents will be protected through the clever positioning of stations. The region's semi-rural outlook will be maintained.

The new railway will complement the region's natural environment by:

  • drawing on the design of a traditional Aussie homestead, incorporating the feel of sweeping verandahs and big farm sheds
  • using a colour scheme that works in with the landscape of the area.

All stations will achieve a four-star energy rating, using building materials that are durable and vandal resistant. Stone and wood recovered from the site will be reused to complement the finish of stations and bridges.


Marymede station will be opposite Marymede Catholic College. Built at ground level, the station will provide parking for almost 600 cars and a separate bike storage area that connects directly to a walking and cycling path. A landscaped forecourt will offer a series of relaxing spaces to meet friends before catching the train or after school.

Marymede Station design

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Built next to Hawkstowe Parade, this station will provide 350 car parks and platforms providing views over Plenty Gorge Park. The station has been moved further away from nearby homes and will connect directly with local paths to enable cycling and walking.

Hawkstowe Station design

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As the premium station along the new rail line, Mernda station will integrate with the proposed Mernda Town Centre alongside Bridge Inn Road. With bike storage and parking for more than 1,000 cars, the station will become a focal point for the future town centre.

Mernda Station design

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The design incorporates 1,000 car parks at Mernda station, 550 at Marymede station and 350 at Hawkstowe station.

All stations will have dedicated disability and 'kiss-and-ride' car spaces.

A green outlook

To preserve as much green space as possible, trees will only be removed if absolutely necessary. For every tree removed, a minimum of two will be planted.

Hawkstowe Station platform design

Easy access

Passengers will be able to access the new stations by:

  • car, with drop-off zones and plenty of parking
  • bike or on foot via a new path that will run the length of the new rail line
  • bus, with bus stops at all stations.

Stations will provide equitable access for all passengers including older people, people travelling with children and people with disabilities.

The walking and cycling path will connect Mernda with South Morang and provide a safe and enjoyable connection to parkland, including the Plenty Gorge Park and future Hawkstowe Recreation Reserve.

Yan Yean rail over design


Protective services officers (PSOs) will be on hand every night from 6:00pm and CCTV cameras will cover all stations. As a premium station, Mernda will be staffed from first until last train, with Marymede and Hawkstowe staffed during the morning peaks.


The Mernda Rail Extension Project will comply with all design standards and regulations that relate to Victoria. Specifically, the project will meet the current Disability Discrimination Act 1992 requirements, Australian Standard AS1428 – Design for access and mobility, Design Standards for Accessible Public Transport and Public Transport Victoria's 2016 Vertical Access Requirements and Design Guide, which are based on universal design principles.

Universal design is an approach that exceeds the minimum requirements outlined in regulatory standards and codes. It takes into account the full range of human diversity including physical, perceptual and cognitive abilities and different body shapes and sizes.

Neither Mernda nor Hawkstowe station will have ramp access. For the ramps to have a slope that is safe and not too steep, ramps would need to be extremely long. Very long ramps would not meet Public Transport Victoria's universal access requirements because the ramp would take an extremely long time for users to travel compared to lifts. Due to the vertical distance travelled, ramps are not suitable for Mernda and Hawkstowe stations because they would require the user to travel around 170 metres. This distance includes rest areas and 'switchbacks'.

Providing several ramp 'switchbacks' with shelters would create a large, visually obtrusive construction footprint that would also present security issues for users.

Accessing the platforms at the Mernda and Hawkstowe stations will be via steps and lifts. Two large lifts will be installed each of these stations. Having two lifts ensures there is always access if one lift is not working. Lifts will be powered by the mains power supply, and will also have a dedicated backup power supply, should the mains power supply fail.


Information sessions

In December, we will be holding three community information sessions so you can drop in and check out the designs for Marymede, Hawkstowe and Mernda Stations. You'll have the opportunity to meet the construction team and ask questions about the project. No RSVP is required, so feel free to drop in at any time.

Tuesday 13 December
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ivanhoe Grammar School Plenty Campus
730 Bridge Inn Road

Wednesday 14 December
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Marymede Catholic College
60 Williamsons Road
South Morang

Saturday 17 December
10:30am to 1:30pm
Hazel Glen College
115 Eminence Boulevard

Stay updated

Local residents, businesses and other stakeholders will be kept up to date with the project and its progress via website updates, regular bulletins and letterbox drops, local newspaper advertising, onsite information boards and community information displays.

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Community updates

Mernda rail project community update - February 2016

Mernda rail project community update - May 2016

Fact sheets

Road and rail design solutions


Geotechnical investigations

What we've heard 

Community engagement

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation publications

If you require an accessible, simple English translation of this project overview, please contact the team on 1800 762 667.

Connect with us


Call:       1800 762 667 (business hours Monday to Friday)

Write:    Level Crossing Removal Authority, Mernda Rail Project Team, GPO Box 4509, Melbourne VIC 3001

For languages other than English, please call 03 9280 0780