The Victorian Government is extending the South Morang train line to Mernda to cater for the significant population growth in Melbourne’s north.

The Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) is already delivering major rail construction projects across Melbourne and have the design, engineering and project management expertise to deliver the Mernda Rail.

Overview

Scope

The rail extension will include:

  • Approximately 8 kilometres of new duplicated rail line between South Morang station and Mernda
  • Five grade separations, guaranteeing no new level crossings will be created
  • A new premium station in Mernda integrated into the proposed Mernda Town Centre
  • A new station near the Marymede Catholic College. The location of this station has been chosen following community consultation in 2015
  • Potential addition station near Hawkstowe Parade, South Morang
  • Car parking, bicycle storage and bus facilities at stations
  • Construction of stabling facilities for three six-car train sets north of Bridge Inn Road, Mernda, and;
  • Integration with existing pedestrian and cyclist facilities and links with other public transport services.

Overview map

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Benefits

The rail extension will:

  • Reduce travel time meaning more leisure time, time with family and friends.
  • Improve liveability for residents in the north through better connections to employment opportunities, education, healthcare, entertainment and retail activities; and
  • Integrate with the proposed Mernda Town Centre masterplan to ensure economic development
  • Create hundreds of jobs
  • Provide vital public transport for communities in South Morang / Mernda / Doreen – among the fastest growing suburbs in Melbourne
  • Ease congestion in and around Plenty Road, the main arterial road through Melbourne's northern suburbs

Project status

The Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) is managing the development and delivery of the project. LXRA is working closely with PTV, the City of Whittlesea, the local members of Parliament and the local community to deliver this project.

John Holland, and McConnell Dowell/UGL Engineering joint venture have both been short-listed to submit tenders for the eight-kilometre extension of the South Morang line to Mernda.

A contract for the Mernda Rail Extension is expected to be awarded in early 2017, and construction will begin shortly after. The new line will be complete and operational in 2019.

Proposed rail alignment

The proposed rail alignment is within an existing disused rail corridor which is already zoned for this purpose . This land has remained as a right of way, earmarked as a future rail corridor since the closure of the Whittlesea line in 1959. 

Design

When planning a new train line through existing communities, we have to be sensitive to drivers, residents and commuters, those that are there now, and in the future. By applying urban design principles to each potential design solution we can ensure better outcomes, including:

  • Better connectivity for public transport users, drivers, pedestrians and cyclists
  • Opportunities for new public spaces and community facilities
  • Potential for a new station to be a catalyst for development in new activity centres such as Mernda
  • Increased residential and commercial development opportunities, including cafes, restaurants and shops

Using the community feedback we receive, we'll further develop designs for the stations at Mernda and Marymede and for a potential additional station at Hawkstowe Parade as well as for the train line.

In designing the stations and precincts, we will bear in mind the way you use stations and move around the area and also consider safety and creative solutions. We will also ensure the project complements the area's natural and built environment.

Project overview animation

View the Mernda Rail Extension Project design video and transcript

Design concepts - before and after images

Use the sliders below to drag the image left or right to reveal the before and after images, highlighting what the Mernda Rail Project may look like. 

Artists impression of the proposed Marymede Station

Artists impression of potential designs for The Parkway

Artists impression of potential Hawkstowe Parade

Artists impression of potential Mernda Station

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Aerial maps

For an aerial overview of the Mernda rail extension project, see our aerial maps.

Consultation

The project designs will be developed with input from key stakeholders and the community.

From June 2015 to August 2015, public consultation was undertaken to help determine the intermediate second station location between South Morang and Mernda. Two potential locations were identified, Option A near Marymede Catholic College and Option B near Hawkstowe Parade. View the Community and Stakeholder Engagement – Summary Report.

A second round of consultation was held in December 2015 to progress the new station location.

Since January 2016 our project team has been out in the community engaging and seeking feedback on the proposed design options for the entire project. Thank you to everyone that attended one of our four community information sessions, visited us at our stall at the Mernda Community Festival or attended our presentation at the Arilla Retirement Village in South Morang. We had nearly 600 people attend and participate in these events in February and March 2016.

Thank you to everyone who attended our latest community information drop-in sessions throughout May. 573 people attended these sessions to meet the project team, ask questions and provide feedback on the latest project designs.

Formal submissions have now closed

Thank you also to everyone that made a formal submission as part of the planning process. Feedback received in the submissions will be provided to the Minister for Planning as part of a formal request for a planning scheme amendment including project specific planning controls facilitating development of the project.

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Publications

Community updates

Mernda rail project community update - February 2016

Mernda rail project community update - May 2016

Fact sheets

Road and rail design solutions

Environment

Geotechnical investigations

What we've heard 

Community engagement

Connect with us

Email:    merndarail@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au

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