THE Victorian Government last week announced that a pedestrian overpass has been added to the design of the new Mernda station that will be built as part of the extension of the South Morang line.
Minister for Suburban Development Lily D'Ambrosio said that $7.4 million from the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) fund will go towards a pedestrian overpass, which is being built as part of the Mernda Rail Extension project and will allow commuters to avoid crossing Bridge Inn Road to access the station.
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 majority of rail will be at ground level, with less than 14 per cent of the entire track on elevated structure.
In addition to new stations at Mernda, Hawkstowe and near Marymede Catholic College, 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.
Construction will commence in the coming months, with a site office now established to house up to 150 project staff at 323 McDonalds Road, Epping. The new stations will open to the public in 2019 and are expected to be used by around 8,000 commuters every day.
GAIC provides funding for infrastructure in Melbourne's growing outer suburbs. It is funded by a one-off contribution payable by landowners developing urban housing in Cardinia, Casey, Hume, Melton, Mitchell, Whittlesea and Wyndham Shires.