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Mernda Rail Project Community Update – October 2017

01 Oct 2017

Opening in 2019, the Mernda Rail Extension will help connect Melbourne’s north to work, study and entertainment.

Melbourne’s north is one of Victoria’s fastest growing areas. To meet the need for more local transport services, eight kilometres of rail line is being built from South Morang Station to the future Mernda Town Centre.

Three new stations are expected to cater for up to 8000 commuters a day, helping to ease congestion along Plenty Road. A new shared walking and cycling path will connect the stations and provide alternative transport options.



The Mernda Rail Extension 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 2000 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 paths, stations, schools and Plenty Gorge Park
  • a train stabling yard at Mernda.

Mernda Rail info + jobs hub

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

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 the Mernda Rail Jobs Hub website or call 1800 941 181.

Thank you for your patience

You can now see construction activity from South Morang Station to Schotters Road, Mernda.

Work has already started on the foundations for Hawkstowe and Mernda elevated stations as well as the Simon Creek bridge and rail underpasses at Plenty and McDonalds roads.

Now you will see large beams being lifted into place by cranes. Where beams need to be lifted over roads we will have temporary closures and diversions in place to manage the safety of the community and workers.

We thank you for your patience while we build the Mernda Rail Extension.

Transport projects in the north

Over the next few years, the Victorian Government is investing in Melbourne’s northern suburbs to help ease traffic congestion and provide efficient and safe transport options for the local community.

It’s going to be busy on the roads with the Mernda Rail Extension construction and the upgrades to Plenty and Yan Yean roads. During construction there will be traffic changes that may impact your normal daily commute.

You may need to change your commute by leaving earlier, considering public transport or taking a different route to ensure you get to your destination on time.

Construction in your area:

  • Mernda Rail Extension (2017 until early 2019) – South Morang Station to Schotters Road, Mernda
  • Yan Yean Road Upgrade (late 2017 until mid 2019) – Diamond Creek Road to Kurrak Road
  • Plenty Road Upgrade (2018 until 2019) – McKimmies Road to Bush Boulevard

For more information on Yan Yean and Plenty roads upgrades visit the VicRoads website.

Working with locals

Our Community Reference Group plays an important role in sharing information between local residents and the Mernda Rail 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.

One new member, Martin Wright OAM, lives with a vision impairment and relies on public transport to maintain independence while travelling around Melbourne. Mr Wright will share his perspective on using public transport with a disability and will help ensure accessibility is front of mind during the construction phase.

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.

Old Bridge Inn

As part of the Mernda Rail Extension Project, there was an archaeological dig in Plenty Gorge Park to uncover the original Old Bridge Inn.

It was built in the 1840s, near the bank of the Plenty River, south of Bridge Inn Road and provided welcome respite to travellers on their way to the gold fields in the 1850s.

The current Bridge Inn Hotel built in 1891 now sits about one kilometre away from the original site, on the corner of Bridge Inn and Plenty roads, Mernda.

A green outlook

We’ve worked hard to save as many trees as possible around the rail corridor. By redesigning the rail infrastructure, almost a third of the trees previously identified for removal have been saved.

For every tree we remove, two will be planted within the community. We aim to plant over 2500 trees and over 120,000 plants and shrubs.

Most of the large trees removed have been taken to a mill to be processed for re-use in the station cladding, street furniture and signage.

Trees that cannot be milled have been used for:

  • wildlife habitat within Plenty Gorge Park and Quarry Hills Park
  • donations to schools and men’s sheds for woodworking
  • donation to Mernda CFA
  • mulch donated to community and school gardens.

View the PDF print version of this community update PDF, 1.4 MB.

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