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
  • Full 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 project is currently in the planning and development phase. Many investigations and pre planning assessments are being undertaken in preparation for the design and construction of the Mernda Rail.

Initial environmental studies, including flora and fauna, have been completed, geotechnical and site investigations are ongoing and extensive engineering design options are being assessed.

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

Construction of the project, pending confirmation of funding, will commence in 2017.

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

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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.

The feedback collected at the sessions and also online will help inform the designs, and we will share the outcomes of the consultation with the tenderers.

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.

We are hosting another round of community drop-in sessions to share the outcomes of our consultation, including how your feedback has been considered in the designs. We welcome you to attend to share your thoughts and learn more about the project.

Thursday, 19 May 2016, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre

35 Ferres Blvd, South Morang VIC 3752

Saturday, 21 May 2016. 9am - 12pm

The Bridge Inn Hotel

1425 Plenty Road, Mernda VIC 3754

Saturday, 28 May 2016, 10am - 1pm

Hazel Glen College Gymnasium

175 Cookes Road, Doreen VIC 3754

At these sessions, the project team will be available to talk you through the latest designs and answer any questions you may have.

If you cannot attend one of the sessions, have any special requirements or would like to discuss the designs in further detail with a member oft he project team, please contact us on 1800 762 667 or via email at merndarail@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.

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Social pinpoint

We want to understand what you believe is important to your local area, including opportunities, concerns and expectations, which will inform elements of the designs. To help us capture your feedback we created an online feedback tool called Social Pinpoint.

This mapping and other activities involving the wider community aim to:

  • Build community understanding of the opportunities and approach to delivering positive urban design outcomes
  • Understand community concerns, expectations and what is important to you, which can inform the design
  • Identify any further actions, information or options development needed to better address your concerns and ideas

The social pinpoint is now closed for comments, however you are still able to view the 789 comments made by others in the community on our social pinpoint page.

Publications

Mernda rail project community update - February 2016

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