The Victorian Government will build eight kilometres of new rail line and 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 rail line will help connect one of Victoria’s fastest growing area.


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
  • a new walking and cycling path 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

John Holland has been contracted to construct the Mernda Rail Extension Project. John Holland has in turn engaged Grimshaw architects to design Marymede, Hawstowe and Mernda stations. Construction will begin across the three sites in mid 2017.

Pop ups in the park

We will be popping up in your local park in March. You can drop in to meet the project team, view our maps and ask questions of our design, construction and environmental specialists.


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


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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Only Marymede station will have ramp access. This is because achieving a slope that is safe and not too steep, at Mernda and Hawkstowe would have required very  long ramps, around 170 metres, outside of Public Transport Victoria's universal access requirements.  Instead, access to the platforms at the Mernda and Hawkstowe stations will be via steps and two lifts.

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.

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.


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.


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