The Victorian Government is building eight kilometres of new rail line and three state-of-the-art stations at Marymede, Hawkstowe and Mernda as part of the Mernda Rail Extension Project.

Opening in early 2019, the new rail line will help connect one of Victoria’s fastest growing areas.

Latest news

Traffic changes

Hawkstowe Parade will be temporarily closed on Monday 27 November from 9:30am to 3:30pm to allow us to safely complete an overhead concrete pour that will ‘stitch’ the bridge beams over Hawkstowe Parade together.

To maintain the safety of road users, pedestrians and workers, Bridge Inn Road in Mernda will be temporarily closed over two weekends while an overhead concrete pour, that will stitch the new beams together, takes place.

These works will take place over the following Saturday nights, Saturday 25 November and Saturday 2 December.

Bridge Inn Road will be closed to traffic from 10:00pm to 6:00am between Plenty Road and Schotters Road during these works and will be re-opened at 6:00am on Sunday mornings.

With construction well and truly underway, the community may experience unavoidable disruptions. To find out more about these works and others currently underway on the project, check out the Construction impacts section below or take a look at our Disruptions Page.

Cranes named

Three cranes on the project have been named! Sir Lifts-a-lot, Rosy and the Merndanator are the newest team members on the project.

Lachlan and Rose, from St Joseph’s Catholic School, and Kiahna from Mernda Park Primary School, have named the three 45 metre high cranes on the Mernda Rail Extension Project. The competition ran for a month, receiving more than 110 entries across both of these local schools.

Located at the Hawkstowe and Mernda construction sites, the cranes will be used to install and move concrete beams and segments that will form part of the new train line and stations.

Thanks to all those potential future engineers who participated!

The official new names of the three cranes on the Mernda Rail Extension Project: Merndanator, Sir Lifts-a-lot, and Rosy

Overview

The Mernda Rail Extension Project will include:

  • a new premium station at Mernda, integrated with the future Mernda Town Centre
  • two new stations near Marymede Catholic College and Hawkstowe Parade
  • up to 2,000 car parking spaces, as well as bicycle storage and bus facilities around all stations
  • three new rail underpasses and two overpasses, meaning no level crossings
  • new walking and cycling connections into the existing paths, new stations, schools and Plenty Gorge Park
  • a train stabling yard in Mernda
  • around 1,200 construction jobs and more than 1,800 jobs in other businesses and industries in the area.

View the video and transcript for the Mernda Rail Extension Project

Design

The majority of rail will be at ground level, with less than 14 per cent of the entire track on an elevated structure.

Marymede

Marymede Station will be opposite Marymede Catholic College. Built at ground level, the station will provide parking for up to 550 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. A pedestrian underpass will connect both sides of the station with Williamsons Road.

Find out more about Marymede Station.

Marymede Station design

Artist's impression of Marymede Station.  

Hawkstowe

Built next to Hawkstowe Parade, this station will provide up to 350 car parks and platforms providing views over Plenty Gorge Park. Through the design and community feedback process, the project identified an opportunity to shift the station further south and away from nearby homes. The station features a dedicated walking and cycling path.

Find out more about Hawkstowe Station.

Hawkstowe Station design

Artist's impression of Hawkstowe Station.

Mernda

As the premium station along the new rail line, Mernda Station will integrate with the future Mernda Town Centre alongside Bridge Inn Road. With bike storage, parking for up to 1,000 cars and an integrated bus interchange, the station will become a focal point for the future town centre.

Find out more about Mernda Station.

Mernda Station design

Artist's impression of Mernda Station.

Accessibility

The station designs take into account accessibility requirements and managing of pedestrian flows in and around the stations.

Marymede Station is located at ground level and access to the two platforms will be via a series of ramps and stairs within the station precinct. Stairs and lifts will provide direct access to the elevated station platforms at Hawkstowe and Mernda. If ramps at these locations were to be installed they would be excessively long (around 170 metres) to achieve the required slope and this would exceed PTV’s requirements for equitable access.

Having two lifts at Hawkestowe and Mernda 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.

The Mernda Rail Extension Project will comply with all applicable design standards and regulations. 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 and equitable design principles.

Parking

There will be up to 1,000 car parks at Mernda Station, 550 at Marymede Station and 350 at Hawkstowe Station.

A green outlook

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.

To preserve as much green space as possible, trees will only be removed where absolutely necessary. For every tree removed, two new trees will be planted within the local community.

Train stabling yard

A train stabling yard, which will cater for more trains on the Mernda and Hurstbridge lines, will be built north of Bridge Inn Road.

While the design of the stabling yard is ongoing, it has been confirmed that the facility will start just south of Heals Road and finish behind the Uniting Church (97 Schotters Road).

We have worked hard to ensure that the walking track crossing the rail corridor and Uniting Church land will not be significantly impacted by the construction or operation of the stabling yard.

Read our Train Stabling Yard construction notice. PDF, 455.4 KB

Construction impacts

Construction of the Mernda Rail Extension is now underway.

Work hours are Monday to Friday from 7:00am to 6:00pm and Saturday from 7:00am to 3:00pm. Some unavoidable out of hours works will be required at times and the community will be advised in advance.

To keep up to date with our progress, sign up to receive regular email updates. You can read our Community Relations Charter here.

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Traffic changes

Hawkstowe Parade, off-peak daytime closure – 27 November 2017, 9.30am to 3.30pm

Over the last few weeks you may have noticed beams being delivered and installed over Hawkstowe Parade and along the project corridor. These beams will help create the elevated Hawkstowe Station and rail line over Hawkstowe Parade.

Hawkstowe Parade will be temporarily closed on Monday 27 November from 9:30am to 3:30pm to allow us to safely complete an overhead concrete pour that will ‘stitch’ the bridge beams over Hawkstowe Parade together.

Detours will be in place during these works for motorists and pedestrians via Barmah Drive, The Parkway and Riverdale Boulevard. Access to all private properties and emergency services will be maintained.

While we anticipate additional time for motorists and pedestrians travelling via the detour routes to be minimal, we encourage you to plan ahead and allow extra travel time.

Please observe all traffic management, signage and temporary speed reductions in the area while we complete these works.

Bridge Inn Road, weekend overnight road closures 25 November and 2 December

To safely complete the ‘stitch pour’ to connect the newly installed platform beams over Bridge Inn Road, overnight road closures are required between Schotters Road and Plenty Road.

As previously advised, the road was going to be closed for three nights between Friday 24 to Sunday 26 November. However due to poor weather conditions forecast for this weekend, we will now undertake these works on Saturday nights, over the next two weekends:

  • Saturday 25 November
  • Saturday 2 December

Bridge Inn Road will be closed to traffic from 10:00pm to 6:00am between Plenty Road and Schotters Road during these works and will be re-opened at 6:00am on Sunday mornings.

Detours will be in place overnight for all traffic via Schotters Road, Hazel Glen Drive and Plenty Road.

Access to all private properties and emergency services will be maintained.

McDonalds Road rail underpass construction (Stage 2) to early 2018

We have recently completed the first stage of the McDonalds Road rail underpass which involved construction of the western side of the structure.

While we undertake the second stage to construct the eastern side of the rail underpass, the following traffic changes will be in place from late October/early November 2017 to early 2018:

  • All traffic will shift to the west. North-bound traffic (towards Epping) will shift onto the new permanent lanes on the western side of McDonalds Road and east-bound traffic (towards Plenty Road) will shift onto the temporary lanes in the centre of McDonalds Road.
  • The pedestrian path along McDonalds Road east (near the McDonalds Road/Ferres Boulevard intersection) will be closed.

McDonalds Road stage 2 traffic changes. Read text above for more information.

The following changes will continue to remain place until the completion of all McDonalds Road works:

  • Closure of McDonalds Road pedestrian path between the Westfield works and the McDonalds Road/Ferres Boulevard intersection.
  • Temporary speed reduction to 40km/h.
  • Off-peak lane closures and speed reductions.
  • Closures of on-road bike lanes.

Plenty Road traffic switch and stage 2 construction – late 2017 to early 2018

With construction of the eastern side of the Plenty Road rail underpass complete, we will shortly begin construction on the western side of the Plenty Road underpass between Lakes Boulevard and Stagecoach Boulevard in South Morang.

To create a safe construction zone and safely separate motorists and pedestrians from our works in this area, the following changes will be implemented in the coming weeks and continue until early 2018:

  • All traffic will be shifted to the east, with northbound traffic travelling on the temporary lanes in the centre median
  • Continued temporary closure of left turn access into Gordons Road (west) from Plenty Road
  • Access to Gordons Road east will be reinstated
  • Continued temporary closure of the Plenty Road footpath south of Gordons Road (west)
  • Short-term, off-peak lane closures, speed reductions and closures of on-road bike lanes remain.

Motorists and pedestrians are asked to observe all traffic management, signage, temporary speed reductions and temporary yellow line marking in this area.

Map showing Plenty Road traffic changes to allow for construction of the rail underpass. Read text above for more information.

The following changes will continue to remain in place until the completion of all Plenty Road works:

  • Closure of Plenty Road U-turns near Gordons Road. U-turns can be performed at Stagecoach Boulevard and The Lakes Boulevard.
  • Closure of the two Plenty Road bus stops near Gordons Road.
  • Temporary speed reduction to 60km/h.
  • Off-peak lane closures and speed reductions.
  • Closures of on-road bike lanes.

Vegetation and tree removal

The majority of tree and vegetation removal has been completed in the project area.

Most of the cleared trees were taken to a mill to be processed and reused in the new stations architectural design, furniture and signage.

Trees that can't be milled will be used for:

  • wildlife habitat within Plenty Gorge Park and Quarry Hills parkland
  • donations to schools' woodwork classes, men's sheds and for community firewood fundraisers
  • mulch used around the project and donated to community or school gardens.

The rail extension has been carefully designed to remove as few trees as possible. As a result 30 per cent of trees previously marked for removal have been saved.

And for every tree removed, two more will be planted. This means more than 2,500 new trees will be planted near the rail corridor and local area.

Walking and cycling paths

The Mernda Rail Extension will make it easier to get around, with a new walking and cycling path connecting South Morang to Mernda.

The path will link into the existing walking and cycling network and connect with the new stations, local schools, Plenty Gorge Park and the future Hawkstowe Recreational Reserve.

It will flow into the stations and connect cyclists with secure bicycle storage facilities.

Community

Community Reference Group (CRG)

Our CRG plays an important role in sharing information between local residents and the project team during construction.

Chaired by the Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green MP, the group includes residents affected by construction, and representatives from local community groups, traders, schools, and Whittlesea City Council.

The group will continue to meet bi-monthly until the project is completed in 2019 and will be supported by Level Crossing Removal Authority and John Holland staff as required.

Members of the Mernda Community Reference Group

Info + jobs hub

The Mernda Rail info + jobs hub is a great place to learn more about the project.

The hub is located at the project site office at 323 McDonalds Road, Epping.

You can also talk to qualified project staff about job opportunities on the project. Whether you’re already in the construction industry or looking for a new career, the Mernda Rail info + jobs hub can help point you in the right direction.

Drop into the Mernda Rail info + jobs hub between 9:00am and 5:00pm on weekdays and by appointment on Saturdays.

Alternatively visit our website www.merndarailjobs.com.au or call 1800 941 181.

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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Publications

View our latest publications

View all our Mernda publications

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

Connect with us

Email:    merndarail@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au

Call:       1800 762 667

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