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THE last time South Morang had a functioning railway station it was called Rail Motor Stopping Place 39 - a bush signpost where passengers jumped on and off the line to Whittlesea.
That line was shut down from Epping in 1959 and ripped up, but trains returned to South Morang yesterday, at a cost of $498 million to build three kilometres of track from Epping and duplicate the line from Keon Park. Now a booming suburb in Melbourne's northern growth corridor, South Morang has a new terminus for what was previously the Epping line.
But residents who have fought for years to get rail to South Morang say urban growth is happening so rapidly the line now needs to be extended further north to Mernda to relieve chronic congestion on the roads.
''It takes me 40 minutes to drive from Doreen to Mill Park - that's eight kilometres,'' said primary school teacher Darren Peters, who is also spokesman for the South Morang and Mernda Rail Alliance.
''This is not a project that we can afford to wait on, it needs to happen now and the government needs to implement planning immediately.''
Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder offered frustrated residents no assurances yesterday, but dangled some hope when he said the South Morang line had been ''designed … for a future extension through to Mernda''.
''We see public transport going forward as doing the heavy lifting in terms of moving people around the state,'' Mr Mulder said. But Labor MP for Yan Yean Danielle Green, who gatecrashed Mr Mulder's celebration, said the Baillieu government was ''very good at cutting ribbons on Labor projects on the one hand and cutting services on the other''.
Two other new zone 2 railway stations in Melbourne's south-east also opened for the first time yesterday - Lynbrook on the Cranbourne line and Cardinia Road on the Pakenham line.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/south-morang-finally-gets-its-line-20120422-1xf4u.html#ixzz1sp65ikBH
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