Australian construction company John Holland has secured a contract to construct the A$600m ($453m) Mernda Rail Extension project.
The project will extend the South Morang line to Mernda, including around 8km of new duplicated rail line between South Morang station and Mernda, five grade separations.
John Holland VIC/TAS/SA/NZ regional general manager Trevor Hall said that the company is excited to continue its partnership with the Level Crossing Removal Authority.
Hall said: “We have successfully removed several level crossings on behalf of the Victorian Government, including most recently at North, Mckinnon and Centre Roads. I am proud that these have all been delivered significantly ahead of time, and I’m sure our working relationship will continue to thrive.”
As part of the Mernda Rail Extension project, three new stations will also be built at Marymede, Mernda and Hawkstowe, and service more than 8,000 passengers a day.
Trains are expected to run on the new line by 2019.
The project will include up to 2,000 car parking spaces, bicycle storage and bus facilities around all stations; three rail bridges and two road underpasses; new walking and cycling paths linking into the existing path network.
The majority of track will be at ground level, with less than 14% of the entire track on elevated structure.
All stations will be built using durable materials that are also vandal-resistant.
Construction on the Mernda Rail project is set to start soon, and expected to create up to 3,000 new jobs.
Image: The Mernda Rail Extension project will extend the South Morang line to Mernda. Photo: courtesy of John Holland Group Pty Ltd.