Work Gets Underway On South Morang Line Extension

Work Gets Underway On South Morang Line Extension

Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

Construction Begins On Melbourne’s Newest Rail Line

Victor P Taffa

Construction has kicked off on the brand new rail line to Mernda that will carry train services to the heart of one of Victoria’s fastest growing areas.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan joined Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green in Mernda today to mark the start of works on the Andrews Government’s extension of the South Morang line to Mernda.

“This massive project will change people’s lives for the better creating thousands of jobs and connecting one of Victoria’s fastest growing areas to the public transport they deserve.” Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said.

 

“Project is fully funded, construction is underway and we’re not wasting a moment getting on with it.”

Over the coming weeks, construction crews will establish work areas, remove vegetation and prepare the rail corridor for major construction to ramp up later this year.

$600 Million Mernda Rail Extension will build 8 km of new, duplicated track and three state-of-the-art stations at:

  • Marymede (near Marymede Catholic College),
  • Hawkstowe,
  • Mernda.

South Morang Line Extension Railway Stations are expected to be used by around 8,000 passengers every day when they open in early 2019.

Naming Of Railway Line

While this project is known as the Mernda Rail Extension in fact it is the South Morang Line Extension. Currently South Morang is the last station on the line and as such the line is known as the South Morang Line.

Previously the last station on the line was Epping and the line was known as the Epping Line until the line was extended to South Morang with the opening of the station on 22 April 2012.

Previous to that the line continued to Whittlesea with the line beyond Thomastown closing on 28 November 1959. Railway corridor is still preserved so when funding becomes available the line will extend back to Whittlesea and be known again as the Whittlesea Line.

Given expanding populations it is more likely than not that the Railway will return to Whittlesea sooner rather than later as a duplicated, electrified line.

Mernda Railway Station Design

 

 

 

 

 

History

Last time a train line was extended by more than two stations was in 1930, when the East Malvern line was extended to Glen Waverley. As such the line is known as the Glen Waverley Line.

Mernda Rail Extension Project will create up to 3,000 jobs with 1,200 directly during construction and as many as 1,800 indirectly in local businesses and industries supported by the project. It is also expected to support more than 70 ongoing jobs once trains are up and running.

Mernda Rail Extension will also provide employment for young workers and people reskilling from other industries, with at least 10 % of work carried out by trainees, apprentices and engineering cadets.

Mernda Rail Extension Project includes:

  • Better bus connections,
  • Extensive bike storage,
  • New walking and cycling paths,
  • Train stabling in Mernda,
  • Up to 2,000 new car spaces across the 3 new stations.

“Our community fought for this project and now we are delivering it to bring frequent, reliable services to the heart of our growing community.” Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green said.

Mernda Rail Extension is being delivered by the Level Crossing Removal Authority, which is also getting rid of 50 of Victoria’s most dangerous and congested level crossings forever.