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

Full closure of Gordons Road (west)

Gordons Road (west) in South Morang will be fully closed to traffic between Plenty Road and the entrance to the Arilla Village from Monday 5 February to June 2018.

For further information including detours, please see the Construction impacts section below.

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.

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

Full closure of Gordons Road (west): Monday 5 February to June 2018

Recently, we shifted Plenty Road traffic further to the east so that we can continue constructing the Plenty Road rail underpass on the western side of Plenty Road, near Gordons Road (west) in South Morang.

Due to the constrained area available for us to safely complete our works, Gordons Road (west) will be fully closed to traffic between Plenty Road and the entrance to the Arilla Village from Monday 5 February to June 2018.

This closure will allow us to safely complete the construction of the Plenty Road rail underpass including the installation of services, drainage and road pavement, bridge deck and bulk excavation works.

Traffic detours will be in place along The Lakes Boulevard, Sandpiper Way, Mirrabucca Promenade and Glenorchy Way. View the interactive map of detours in place during the Gordons Road closure.

Motorists and pedestrians are asked to observe all traffic management signage in this area.

Station Road, Mernda closed for upgrade works starting 10 January 2018

Station Road in Mernda will be closed to through traffic between Bridge Inn Road and Plenty Road to allow us to upgrade the road. As part of these upgrade works, Station Road will be widened, street lighting will be installed and a car park will be constructed within the rail corridor.

Station Road will be closed from Wednesday 10 January for up to four months. Access for local residents and emergency services will be maintained at all times.

Motorists and pedestrians are asked to observe all traffic management in the area. Please refer to the detour map.

McDonalds Road rail underpass construction (Stage 2) late 2017 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 in 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 construction (stage 2) – early 2018 to mid 2018

With construction of the eastern side of the Plenty Road rail underpass complete, we have started 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 are now in place until mid 2018:

  • All traffic has 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.

Temporary closure of the pedestrian crossing on Williamsons Road

Works are well underway to build the new nine-metre wide pedestrian underpass at Marymede Station. To enable us to complete more work in this area over the quieter, school holiday period, the current pedestrian path between Old Plenty Road and Marymede Catholic College will be closed from Tuesday 2 January to Wednesday 31 January 2018. It will reopen for the new school year.

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