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Mernda Rail Project

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Getting On With It: Mernda Rail Project Released To Market

28 February 2016

The Andrews Labor Government today opened Expressions of Interest to design and construct the new rail line to Mernda.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan joined local members Danielle Green and Lily D’Ambrosio on the future site of the new Mernda Station to release the project to market today.

The rail extension includes a premium station at Mernda, integrated with the proposed Mernda Town Centre, and a new station near Marymede Catholic College with extensive car parking, bike storage and bus facilities.

Marymede was chosen as the first station due to its far greater car parking capacity, proximity to schools and local jobs, and because of the opportunities for value capture and partnership with the private sector.

However, given the strong community support for a third station, bidders will be required to investigate and price the proposed station near Hawkstowe Parade as part of the tender process.

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Could a sky rail arrive in Mernda?

February 28, 2016 Aisha Dow, Josh Gordon

An artist’s impression of an elevated railway over Bridge Inn Road in Mernda on display at a community consultation session.

Mernda residents are calling on the Andrews government to commit to a third new railway station in the area, amid concerns that the extension of the line from South Morang could include sections of elevated "sky rail".

A site near Marymede Catholic College has been chosen as the location of a secondary station between South Morang and the planned Mernda Station, off Bridge Inn Road.

The site was picked over a station near Hawkstowe​ Parade because of the greater availability of space for car parking combined with a strong community preference to be able to drive to the new station.

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