The Victorian Government announced that it will build three state-of-the-art stations at Marymede, Mernda and Hawkstowe as part of the Mernda Rail Extension Project.
Grimshaw has been selected to design the new stations along the rail corridor and will work with John Holland who has been awarded the contract to construct the project.
With a total value of nearly $600 million, the project will provide:
- Approximately eight kilometres of new duplicated rail line between South Morang station and Mernda
- A Premium Station at Mernda and a further two stations; Marymede and Hawkstowe
- Three rail bridges and two road underpasses
- Train stabling in Mernda
The Mernda Rail Extension project will connect thousands of residents to trains for the first time.
Grimshaw Principal Jason Embley said their design proposal considers the semi-rural aspect of the region as well as the need to support one of Australia’s fastest growing communities.
“The station forms draw inspiration from the traditional Australian homestead, while stone and wood recovered from the site will be reused in station building finishes.”
The project includes cycling and pedestrian paths and improved bus connections.
There will also be extensive bike storage and up to 2,000 new car spaces across the three stations which are expected to be used by more than 8,000 passengers a day.
Grimshaw Partner Neil Stonell said Grimshaw supports the commitment of the Victorian Government and the State Premier, Daniel Andrews, to the continuing investment in progressive public transport initiatives across the state.
“As the Premier has stated, this scheme will help to improve people’s lives, and connect one of Victoria’s fastest growing communities to employment, education and other vital opportunities.”
Construction of the Mernda Rail Extension will begin next year, and trains will be running on the new line by 2019.