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Construction starts on $600m Melbourne railway

25 Apr 17 Construction has begun of a AU$600m ($354m) railway to Mernda, which is near Melbourne in the Australian state of Victoria.

Over the coming weeks, construction crews will establish work areas, remove vegetation and prepare the rail corridor for major construction to ramp up later this year.

The Mernda Rail Extension project will build 8km of new, duplicated track and three stations at Mernda, Hawkstowe and near Marymede Catholic College. Mernda is one of Victoria’s fastest growing areas and the stations are expected to be used by around 8,000 passengers every day when they open in early 2019.

The project will create up to 3,000 jobs – 1,200 directly during construction and as many as 1,800 indirectly in local businesses and industries supported by the project. It is also expected to support more than 70 ongoing jobs once trains are up and running.

The work is part of a statewide project to remove dangerous level crossings.

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