MERNDA RAIL COMMUNITY CONSULTATION REPORT RELEASED
The Andrews Labor Government has released the summary report from its extensive community consultation on the Mernda Rail Extension.
Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green and Member for Mill Park, Lily D’Ambrosio praised the enthusiasm of the thousands of locals who attended information sessions and jumped online to have their say.
The consultation outcomes report highlights overwhelming local support for the project, with 97 per cent of people in favour of the new line, which will deliver rail services to the heart of the Mernda-Doreen growth corridor for the first time.
The report outlines community feedback on a range of other issues, including parking and the location of stations, traffic management , and design solutions on the new line.
The report also shows a strong desire to protect local wildlife, build new walking and cycling paths and ensure good connections to the local bus network.
The feedback contained in the report has been incorporated into the reference designs for the project, which is now being used by bidders in the tender process currently underway.
Community engagement will continue as the project progresses, to refine the design, manage construction impacts and keep locals informed.
The contract for the $588 million Mernda Rail Extension will be awarded in early 2017. Construction will also begin next year, with the project to be complete and operational in 2019.
For more information and a copy of the consultation report, visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/merndarail.
- Quotes attributable to Chair of the Mernda Rail Community Reference Group and Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green
- “This report is the culmination of extensive consultation over the past year, and shows overwhelming support for this project and the benefits it will bring to these growing communities in Melbourne’s north.”Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park, Lily D’Ambrosio“Labor’s extension of the Epping line to South Morang has brought huge benefits to my community, and I know the Mernda Rail Extension will bring even more.”
- “The passion and knowledge of the community has played a big part in the design of this project, and will continue to influence it through the tender process.”
- “I thank the thousands of people who came to information sessions or jumped online to provide their feedback on this wonderful project, which will deliver train services to the heart of our community for the first time.”