Shortlist for Mernda Rail Extension released

The Victorian Government unveiled the full reference design and the two companies shortlisted for the $588 million project last week.The Victorian Government has released the full reference design and the shortlist of bidders for the $588 million Mernda Rail Extension project.

John Holland, and a McConnell Dowell Constructors/UGL Engineering joint venture, have been shortlisted to submit tenders for the eight-kilometre extension of the South Morang line to Mernda.

The project, funded by the Victorian Budget 2016/17, will deliver train services to Mernda in Melbourne’s north.

A new station will be built in Mernda, with a second built near Marymede Catholic College, and bidders have been asked to price a third station near Hawkstowe Parade.

The project will also deliver new train stabling facilities and involves five grade separations, meaning no level crossings will be created by the new line.

A contract for the Mernda Rail Extension is expected to be awarded in early 2017, and construction will begin shortly after.

The new line is anticipated to be complete and operational in 2019.

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