Passenger trains will run to and from Mernda this August for the first time in almost 60 years.
On Sunday 26 August, the first train will depart Mernda Station in the early hours of the morning. From then, the South Morang line will be officially known as the Mernda line.
The first test train ran to Mernda earlier this month to test the track, overhead wiring and rail infrastructure, confirming passenger trains can commence in late August.
Following the success of the test trains, the construction team has been hard at work in the rail corridor to continue working on the stations and infrastructure of the new Mernda line.
Driver training along the new line will begin next week.
The new Mernda Station will give passengers access to 982 services to the city every week, with two new and seven realigned bus routes connecting passengers with the three new stations on the Mernda line.
It will be the first time a passenger train has run to Mernda since the former Whittlesea line was decommissioned in 1959.
Members of the public will have the opportunity to check out the three brand new stations on the Mernda line before they open, during a ‘sneak peek’ event planned for Sunday 19 August. Further details will be announced in the coming weeks.
Full timetables will be available from next week at on the PTV website.