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COMMUNITY consultation regarding the Mernda rail extension is due to start within weeks.
Yan Yean state Labor MP Danielle Green and Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan held a press conference in Mernda today to announce a reference group will be established before venturing out into the community and seek feedback on the project.
“It’s young people before they’ve got drivers’s licences, older people who are no longer wanting to drive, mums with prams and people with disability; they’re the ones that we need to make sure that this (Mernda station) is absolutely accessible,” Ms Green said.
“I feel certain that people in the community will have some great ideas.”
The project will include 8km of duplicated track from South Morang to Mernda, full grade separations with no new level crossings, an additional station to be determined in consultation with the community, bus interchanges, car parking and bicycle storage.
Ms Green said feedback so far showed people were excited about the project and they want to get on with it.
“It’s important to talk to the community about where they work, what their travel patterns are and where their kids go to school so that we can make sure that both these new stations do what they’re supposed to do, which is take congestion off the roads,” she said.
Ms Allan said it was important to allow the community to have its say.
“(Community consultation) will run over the next few months,” she said.
“It’s important as the business case is being undertaken that we make sure that there’s every opportunity for the community to be involved.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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