THE SOUTH Morang Rail Extension moved ahead this week with Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula yesterday turning the first sod for the early works in the Epping rail corridor.
Construction of the second track between Keon Park and Epping is expected to begin later this year.
The South Morang Rail Extension involves the duplication of a single track between Keon Park and Epping and the construction of 3.5 kilometres of new double track from Epping to South Morang. The new South Morang station will have parking for 500 cars, taxi rank, safe drop off area and feature integration with local bus routes.
Originally forecast to cost over $562 million, Member for Thomastown Peter Batchelor MP said the cost of the extension is $650 million.