With passenger services to Mernda commencing on Sunday 26 August 2018, the Mernda Rail Extension Project is changing how residents in Melbourne’s fast-growing northern suburbs travel to work, school and entertainment.
The project has built eight kilometres of new rail line and three new stations that are expected to cater for up to 8000 commuters a day:
- Mernda Station on Bridge Inn Road in Mernda
- Hawkstowe Station on Hawkstowe Parade in South Morang
- Middle Gorge Station on Williamsons Road in South Morang
Around 2000 car spaces have been built across the three stations, as have secure bicycle storage facilities. These bike storage facilities are easily accessible thanks to a new walking and cycling path that will link the three new stations.
Another exciting feature is the construction of three new community spaces at Hawkstowe Station, The Parkway and Mernda Station. The Mernda Station community space includes a much-anticipated skate park.
The project has created around 1200 construction jobs, more than 1800 jobs in other businesses and industries, and has exceeded the Victorian Government’s Major Project Skills Guarantee requiring that 10 per cent of total labour hours be conducted by apprentices, trainees or engineering cadets.
Mernda rail open for business
The new eight-kilometre Mernda Rail Extension, complete with three new stations, opened for passengers today – around six months ahead of schedule.
Mernda turns out to celebrate new rail line
Thousands of excited locals and curious train enthusiasts descended upon South Morang and Mernda yesterday, for a ‘sneak peek’ at three new stations and to ride a shuttle train on the new Mernda line.
The extension of the South Morang line to Mernda, and the addition of three new stations means a facility to park up to eight trains is required at the end of the rail line.
Construction of the eight kilometres of new rail is six months ahead of schedule.
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