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Mernda Rail Extension Opens

The Mernda Rail Extension in Melbourne’s North, complete with three new stations, successfully opened on August 26, six months ahead of schedule. GTA Consultants was part of the John Holland-KBR team appointed by Victoria’s Level Crossing Removal Authority to deliver the Extension.

The project delivers 8 kilometres of rail lines as well as three new stations at Mernda, Hawkstowe and Middle Gorge, catering for 8,000 commuters a day and connecting growing communities to the wider rail and bus network in the area.

Supporting the rail line is a new bus interchange at Mernda Station, drop off zones, shared use paths, end-of-trip facilities and 2,000 car spaces for commuters across the three stations. A new intersection at Bridge Inn Road and modifications to intersections along Plenty Road were also delivered.

GTA’s Transport Engineering team was responsible for forming strong relationships with stakeholder and delivery partners to guide and refine all transport elements of the design.

In addition to the transport modelling for the intersection at Bridge Inn Road and the pedestrian modelling for each of the new stations, GTA also worked in partnership with PTV to accommodate changes to the Plenty Valley Bus Network and with Bicycle Network Victoria to ensure that the needs of cyclists were met.

GTA’s Project Director Peter Wills said, “by providing a range of services for this project, GTA was able to offer integrated transport advice to the client and our delivery partners."

"The Mernda Rail Extension is much needed transport infrastructure – it is a great outcome for Melbourne’s northern growth corridor and will be central in creating vibrant, sustainable communities in the growing outer suburbs,” he added.


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