EOI Opens For South Morang Line Extension

EOI Opens For South Morang Line Extension

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews

Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

Getting On With It: Mernda Rail Project Released To Market

Victor P Taffa

The Andrews Government today opened Expressions of Interest (EOI) 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 Railway Station to release the project to market today.

“Mernda Rail will deliver trains to the heart of one of Melbourne’s fastest growing communities for the first time.” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

“Labor extended the line to South Morang, and now we’re delivering world class public transport all the way to Mernda because we believe that’s what every Victorian deserves.”

The railway 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.

“Whether they live in Mernda, Mordialloc or Morwell, the Andrews Government is investing more in public transport than any government in Victoria’s history, to get people home safer and sooner.” Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said.

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.

“This new train line is desperately needed, to support this growing community. It will drive the completion of the Mernda Town Centre, and will mean less time commuting and more time with family.” Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green said.

The project will be delivered by the Level Crossing Removal Authority and will include five grade separations, guaranteeing no new level crossings are created by the new rail line. Stabling facilities for trains north of Bridge Inn Road in Mernda will also be built as part of the project.

 

VIC Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

VIC Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“It was the former Labor Government who extended the Epping line to South Morang, and it will be the Andrews Labor Government that builds Mernda Rail.” Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio said.

A new bus network will be introduced in April, providing better public transport for locals living in Mernda, Doreen, South Morang and Whittlesea.

Expressions of Interest will be open for four weeks. The tender process will follow during 2016, with construction to begin in 2017 and be completed in 2019, creating hundreds of jobs during construction.