New stations, new timetable, new services for Mernda
Added: 22 July 2018
Passenger trains will run from Mernda for the first time in almost 60 years from Sunday 26 August, with the first train departing Mernda station in the early hours of the morning.
An improved metropolitan train timetable will start when the South Morang line officially changes to the Mernda line. The new timetable will include with 982 trains servicing the new Mernda station every week.
As well as enabling trains to Mernda for the first time, the new timetable will add 45 extra peak trains, and 70 daytime and evening services for South Morang passengers each week, creating room for an additional 115,000 passengers.
This will reduce overcrowding in the morning and evening peak periods and provide people with more options to travel to work, school or leisure activities throughout the day.
Plenty Valley buses will be expanded and adjusted to coordinate with trains at the new stations to ensure the community has better integration between buses and trains.
Existing routes 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386 and 387 will be realigned. The new Route 388 and 389 loop services will go around Mernda and Doreen, linking Laurimar Town Centre, Mernda Village Shopping Centre and Mernda Station.
Members of the public will have the opportunity to check out the three brand new stations on the Mernda line before they open, with a ‘sneak peek’ event planned for Sunday 19 August. Further details will be announced in coming weeks.
The new metropolitan train timetable will deliver a total of 190 new and 957 extended services across the Mernda, South Morang, Werribee, Hurstbridge and Dandenong lines. 33 new train drivers have been hired to operate the new timetable, as well as 16 new customer service staff for the new Mernda, Hawkstowe and Middle Gorge Stations.
Integrated with the bus network, the train timetable gives the community viable public transport options to get to work, school and where ever they need to go.
New train and bus timetables and route maps will be available from Thursday 26 July 2018 at ptv.vic.gov.au, on the PTV app, at staffed stations or by calling the Public Transport call centre on 1800 800 007.