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Mernda Rail Project Construction Update – May 2017

01 May 2017

Welcome to the first construction update for the Mernda Rail Extension. This newsletter will be distributed every two months to households and businesses in the project area to provide an update on works to extend the rail line from South Morang to Mernda.

In November 2016, the Victorian Government awarded John Holland the contract to build the Mernda Rail Extension. As a project team, we are proudly partnering with the Level Crossing Removal  Authority to deliver this historic project that will help connect one of Melbourne's fastest growing areas  for the first time.

We look forward to meeting and working with you over the next two years whilst we complete this important project for Melbourne's north.

Joseph Aygur

Project Director
John Holland

Artist's impression of the new Mernda Station

Image: Artist's impression of the new Mernda Station.

Keeping you informed

This bi-monthly newsletter will provide an overview of the key construction milestones and a snapshot of everything the project team have been doing in your local community.

We are committed to providing regular information to the community, and incorporating  feedback into our work wherever possible.

We will also keep in touch with you through letter drops, door knocks, community drop-in sessions, project events, local newspaper advertising and our project website and social media channels.

To sign up for regular email updates, please visit: or phone 1800 105 105.

Artist's impression of the new Marymede Station

Image: Artist's impression of the new Marymede Station.

What's happened so far

We have been busy finalising the project's designs, seeking all necessary environment and planning approvals and permits, relocating the protected Matted Flax-lily, undertaking site investigations and engaging with the local community about the project's landscaping and urban design strategy.

Our major site office has been established at 323 McDonalds Road Epping, and we will soon install site offices in the works areas near the new Marymede, Hawkstowe and Mernda stations.

Local residents may have noticed fencing go up along the corridor which will safely separate our construction activities from the general public. Necessary tree and shrub removal has also commenced along the project corridor.

Upcoming traffic changes: McDonalds Road and Plenty Road

New rail underpasses will be constructed on McDonalds Road and Plenty Road to separate trains from traffic once the rail line is built. To minimise disruption, construction of these rail underpasses will be staged. This will allow us to maintain access for locals and keep cars moving.

In May and June, a temporary lane will be constructed in the centre of both McDonalds and Plenty roads. This will allow for future traffic diversions whilst sections of the new underpasses are built. These traffic changes will remain in place until January 2018.

Did you know?

The Mernda Rail Extension Project will create 1,200 direct and 1,800 indirect jobs. There are already more than 50 construction-related jobs ear-marked for apprentices, trainees and cadets. The first trainees and cadets have started and are learning new skills that will help them throughout their careers.

Artist's impression of the new Hawkstowe Station

Image: Artist's impression of the new Hawkstowe Station.

Bridge Inn Road works

A site office and access road has been established off Bridge Inn Road in Mernda. We are also working with VicRoads to implement the long term reduction of the Bridge Inn Road speed limit to 60km/h between Plenty Road and Ivanhoe Grammar School.

Avoid delays, plan ahead

With construction now underway in the local area, including on McDonalds and Plenty roads, you may like to consider alternative routes, or starting your trip earlier or later to avoid the peak periods.

Traffic apps such as VicTraffic and Google Maps provide updates on travel times, road works and incidents. We encourage local drivers to check their preferred app before travelling during the construction period. People may also be interested in giving the bus a go in their local area. Visit  to help plan your journey.

We are aware of the critical need to minimise delays and keep traffic moving during the construction of the Mernda Rail Extension. We will monitor traffic flows and make any necessary adjustments as required

Key changes from May to January 2018

McDonalds Road

  • Construction of temporary lanes in the centre of the road between Ferres Boulevard and Westfield Plenty Valley.
  • Speed reduction to 40km/h.
  • Closure of on-road bike lanes. Please be aware of changed traffic conditions.
  • Relocation of the Kiss-and-Ride drop-off zone from the front of the South Morang Station forecourt to a slip lane off McDonalds Road.

Plenty Road

  • Construction of temporary lanes in the centre of Gordons Road and Wingspan Avenue.
  • Speed reduction to 60km/h during construction.
  • Temporary closure of the two U-turn openings on Plenty Road, near Gordons Road. Motorists can perform U-turns at the Stagecoach Boulevard and The Lakes Boulevard signalised intersections.
  • Temporary closure of on-road bikes lanes. Local detours will be in place.
  • Temporary closure of Plenty Road bus stops near Gordons Road. Visit for more information.

Other detailed notifications have been distributed to households and businesses closest to these works.

View the PDF print version of this Construction Update PDF, 8.1 MB

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