The bids are in for construction of the Andrews Labor Government’s $587.7 million Mernda Rail Extension.

Local Members Danielle Green and Lily D’Ambrosio welcomed the milestone, which is the next step in delivering metropolitan train services to the Mernda-Doreen growth corridor.

John Holland Group and a McConnell Dowell-United Group Ltd Engineering joint-venture have submitted their bids for the right to build the eight kilometre extension of the South Morang line to Mernda.

In preparing their submissions, the two bidders took part in more than 50 collaborative workshops with the Level Crossing Removal Authority and key stakeholders, to help guide the development of their tenders.

Around 20 wide-ranging technical assessments and studies of the future rail corridor were also considered.

The Mernda Rail Extension Project includes a new premium station at Mernda and second station near Marymede Catholic College in South Morang.

There will be capacity for 1,500 car spaces across the two stations, and both will include bus facilities, shared use paths for cyclists and pedestrians, and secure bicycle storage.

Following the strong community feedback, bidders have also been asked to price a third station near Hawkstowe Parade.

The bids are now undergoing detailed assessment. A preferred bidder is expected to be announced later this year, paving the way for construction to begin next year. The Mernda Rail Extension is due to be complete in 2019.

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Quotes attributed to Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green

“This is a major milestone in this critical project, which will deliver the train services our growing community needs.”

“The bids have been informed by extensive consultation with residents, businesses and key stakeholders, as well as a wide range of technical assessments.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park, Lily D’Ambrosio

 “Only Labor cares and delivers for local passengers. It was Labor that extended the rail line to South Morang, and the bids are now in for our extension of the line to Mernda – we’re getting it done.”

“Construction starts next year, and in 2019 trains will begin running on the new tracks and arriving at the new stations built as part of this $588 million Labor investment in better services for local passengers.”