New construction project on track to deliver 3,000 Jobs...
The Victorian Government has recently announced plans to build an additional state of the art rail station, on the new rail line to Mernda, connecting thousands of residents to trains for the first time.
he new Hawkstowe Station will be built in addition to the two new stations already announced for Mernda and Marymede Catholic College. All three stations are expected to be used by more than 8,000 passengers a day.
John Holland will start work on the $600 million construction project next year, with services expected to be fully operational by as early as 2019.
The Mernda Rail Extension will create up to 3,000 jobs during the construction phase and as many as 1,800, indirectly, for suppliers and other businesses supporting the project.
This construction project is also planning to create quality trades people for the future with 10 percent of the work to be carried out by trainees, apprentices, and engineering cadets.
The Mernda Rail Extension Project will include:
- A new premium station at Mernda, integrated with the proposed Mernda Town Centre.
- Two new stations, the first adjacent to Marymede Catholic College and the other next to Hawkstowe Parade.
- Up to 2,000 car parking spaces, new bicycle storage and bus facilities.
- No level crossings and new pedestrian paths linking to stations, schools and Plenty Gorge Park.
- 1200 new construction jobs and more than 1800 jobs in other sectors in the area.
“This project will create thousands of jobs and connect thousands of locals in Mernda, Doreen and Whittlesea to work, education and each other,” said Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green.
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State of Victoria, (2016). Retrieved 20 November, 2016 from http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/three-new-stations-and-up-to-3000-jobs-on-mernda-rail/