MERNDA RAIL EXTENSION FULLY FUNDED AND READY TO GO

People living in Melbourne’s booming north will be connected to train services for the first time, with the Andrews Labor Government getting on with the Mernda Rail Extension.

The Victorian Budget 2016/17 provides $588 million to fully fund and deliver the project.

The project will build around eight kilometres of duplicated track between South Morang and Mernda, and stabling facilities for trains north of Bridge Inn Road.

A new Premium Station will be built in Mernda, a second will be built near Marymede Catholic College, and bidders have been asked to price a third station near Hawkstowe Parade.

The Mernda Rail Extension is being delivered by the Level Crossing Removal Authority and is due for completion in 2018-19, fulfilling a key election commitment of the Labor Government.

The new rail services will be bolstered by a new bus network, which will be better coordinated with trains and provide more extensive, frequent and direct services in South Morang, Doreen and Mernda.

The first of these services will start on 1 May, with the full network set to be implemented in the middle of the year.

In addition, a new bus route will be introduced from Greensborough to Diamond Creek via St Helena, to make it quicker and easier to get to the stations and catch the train.

Mernda Rail builds on the former Labor Government’s extension of the Epping line to South Morang.

The project received critical planning funding last year that enabled technical, heritage and ecological investigations, and extensive community consultation to take place.

Expressions of interest for the design and construction of the project were sought from the market in February, and work will start next year.

For further information and project updates, visit www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

“Since we announced Mernda Rail, we haven’t wasted a moment doing the planning, investigations and consultation needed to get this project ready to go. Now it has the funding, we can get on and build it.”

“Doreen and Mernda are some of the fastest growing suburbs in Victoria. The rail line is desperately needed, and will ensure these booming communities are connected to jobs, education and opportunities.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio

“Our community has fought for this rail line since the former Labor Government extended the line to South Morang. The Liberals didn’t listen – we have.”

 “By 2019, passengers will be heading to the new stations and jumping on trains funded and delivered by the Andrews Labor Government.”