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RESIDENTS will be able to board a train in Mernda in four years time.
Deputy Premier James Merlino and Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green met with the Whittlesea Leader exclusively in Mernda on Thursday to dispel news that the Mernda rail project had divided the State Government.
Both agreed there was no confusion within the government surrounding the project and it’s timeline and that the extension would be delivered by 2019 as promised prior to the state election last year.
“There was no confusion in my mind,” Ms Green said.
“No absolutely not,” Mr Merlino said.
On Tuesday, Leader of the opposition Matthew Guy said the State Government was all talk and no action.
“I’ve seen commentary this morning about the Transport Minister and the Member for Yan Yean disagreeing yet again on dates around Mernda rail,” he said.
“What was promised to the people of Yan Yean is now something fundamentally different to what’s being delivered.
“Labor promised faithfully to get on with building Mernda rail and they promised faithfully that they would get on and build it straight away.”
Mr Merlino said the Mernda rail project will be rolled out the same as the South Morang rail was.
“The first budget is about getting the planning right, making sure everything is ready to go and in following budgets deliver the project in terms of construction,” he said.
“The commitment is the 2018/19 financial year but if we can deliver it earlier we will.”
When asked if ‘deliver’ meant being able to board a train in Mernda Mr Merlino said, “Yes absolutely.”
Ms Green said community consultation would begin in a few weeks.
“There will be consultation about the in and out roads, the bus interchange,” she said.
“The second station between here and South Morang that will either be at Hawkstowe Parade or Marymede, there will be community consultation about that.
“Whether there will be tunnelling under Plenty Rd for example, the Parkway and Hawkstowe Pde or whether it will be an overpass.”
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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