THE Victorian Government last week announced that John Holland will build the nearly $600 million Mernda Rail Extension, which will now include a third station near Hawkstowe Parade in South Morang.
The new Hawkstowe station is in addition to the two new stations already announced in Mernda and near Marymede Catholic College. The three stations are expected to be used by more than 8,000 passengers a day
As part of the project, approximately eight kilometres of dual tracks will be installed and five grade separations will be constructed, which will ensure that no level crossing will be created by the new line.
The project also includes new walking and cycling paths, improved bus connections, and train stabling in Mernda. There will also be extensive bike storage and up to 2,000 new car spaces across the three new stations.
The majority of rail will be at ground level, with less than 14 per cent of the entire track on elevated structure.
Construction of the Mernda Rail Extension will begin next year, and trains will be running on the new line by 2019.