Mernda Rail Project Construction Update – August 2017
01 Aug 2017
Construction is now well underway to extend the rail line from South Morang to Mernda.
Snapshot – May to July
Over the last few months we have:
- established three site offices at Marymede, Hawkstowe and Mernda
- completed initial works, including tree removal, installation of temporary fencing and construction of site access roads
- moved essential utility services out of the construction area
- installed temporary traffic lanes on Plenty and McDonalds roads to allow excavation and piling works to commence
- started foundation supports for the new elevated platforms at Mernda and Hawkstowe stations
- started work to upgrade the power supply for the rail line between Epping and South Morang. This will provide the extra power needed for trains to run to Mernda.
Our crews are now working across multiple sites. We will continue to keep the community informed as our work progresses.
Mernda Rail info + jobs hub
We are proud to be operating a Victorian industry-first – a dedicated info + jobs hub for the Mernda Rail Extension project.
The Hub is located at 323 McDonalds Road Epping and open to the community Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 5:00pm, and Saturdays by appointment.
Expanded stabling yard
As part of the Mernda Rail Extension project, a stabling yard to house trains overnight will be constructed in the rail corridor north of the new Mernda Station.
In the recent State Budget, funding was allocated to expand the Mernda stabling yard to cater for more trains on the Mernda and Hurstbridge lines.
The stabling yard design process is underway and we will continue talking to nearby residents in the coming months about how the design will incorporate measures to mitigate noise and light impacts.
Construction of pedestrian underpass at Marymede
Most of Williamsons Road (east) is now closed to traffic as we construct the new Marymede Station and pedestrian underpass. A temporary pedestrian path is in place while we complete these works.
Simon Creek temporary construction access track
In the coming weeks a dedicated construction access track will be installed across Simon Creek. The temporary track will enable us to safely construct the rail bridge foundations over the creek.
The temporary track will allow construction vehicles to carry heavy loads safely across the creek, while creating minimal impacts to the local community and environment.
Temporary pedestrian diversions along The Parkway will be in place until late 2018, to help keep the community and worksite safe.
Mernda Station – elevated works
From August, you will see large cranes installing approximately 50 beams that are around the length of a standard swimming pool and weigh up to 100 tonnes each.
These beams will support the elevated platforms at the new Mernda Station.
Traffic changes on Plenty and McDonalds roads
The Mernda Rail Extension project will travel under Plenty and McDonalds roads in South Morang.
Traffic changes will be ongoing during construction and yellow line markings will direct drivers to new lanes.
Please follow traffic signage and the yellow lanes.
Reusing the trees we've had to remove
We have had to remove some trees in the area, in order to make way for the new rail line to Mernda.
As part of these works, we have committed to reusing all trees removed and re-planting two trees for every one removed.
So far we have:
- donated timber to Mill Park Secondary College, Marymede Catholic College, Whittlesea Secondary College, the Whittlesea Men’s Shed and Melbourne Polytechnic in Epping for woodworking projects
- provided 10 tonnes of timber logs to the Mernda CFA for chainsaw practice and a firewood fundraiser
- delivered habitat logs to Plenty Gorge parklands and Quarry Hills Park with the assistance of Parks Victoria and City of Whittlesea
- donated green mulch to community gardens and schools within the project area
- saved wood from removed trees for reuse in the stations and along the walking and cycling path.
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