Vic’s new bus network

Mernda Rail Project to tie in with new bus network for Melbourne’s growth corridor

A new bus network providing better public transport for people in Melbourne’s outer northern suburbs will be introduced in April, the Victorian Government announced this week.

The move comes as expressions of interest are sought for design and construction of Melbourne’s new rail line to Mernda.

Victorian Government minister for public transport Jacinta Allan says the new bus network will complement the new rail services nicely.

"Whether they live in Mernda, Mordialloc or Morwell, the Andrews Labor Government is investing more in public transport than any government in Victoria’s history, to get people home safer and sooner," she says.

The rail 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 a large car parking capacity, proximity to schools and offices, and the opportunity to construct and lease out adjoining retail shops and offices.

In an interesting condition, those putting in a tender are required to investigate and include a quote for the construction of a third station near Hawkstowe Parade.

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews is pleased to see the project go ahead, as it will provide public transport to a key growth area that has had limited access to services.

"Mernda Rail will deliver trains to the heart of one of Melbourne’s fastest growing communities for the first time," he says.

"Labor extended the line to South Morang, and now we’re delivering world class public transport all the way to Mernda."

Expressions of interest close at the end of March, with construction to begin in 2017 and the three new stations should be complete by 2019.

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