South Morang railway station, Victoria

South Morang
Main entrance to the station
Station statistics
Coordinates

37°38′57″S 145°4′3″E / 37.64917°S 145.06750°E / -37.64917; 145.06750Coordinates: 37°38′57″S 145°4′3″E / 37.64917°S 145.06750°E / -37.64917; 145.06750

Platforms 2
Tracks 2
Other information
Station code SMG
Owned by VicTrack
Myki zone 2
Station status Premium Station
Melway map 183 A11
Website Link, includes timetables
Services
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South Morang is a railway station opened 22 April 2012 as an extension of the Epping railway line in South Morang, Victoria, Australia. Funding was allocated in the 2009 state budget, and construction of the extension from South Morang railway line.

History

Stopping Place No.39[1] was the original South Morang station, a single platform at McDonalds Road[2] on the Whittlesea line. Operated with DERMs, the Victorian Railways closed off the line beyond Lalor Station in the 1950s, after the electrification of the line to Lalor. Epping Station was then re-opened in the 1960s with the electrification of that section of the line, and the remaining section of track from Epping to Whittlesea was dismantled, with the former right-of-way remaining intact. All that remained of the original station was the platform mound.

Epping Line upgrade

Following the election of the Bracks Government in 1999 a promise was made to restore the rail service to South Morang by 2003. In May 2006, the promise was revised and the extension was delayed until 2021. As a result of this decision, the local community joined together to form the South Morang Rail Alliance (now known as the South Morang Mernda Rail Alliance) to lobby the Bracks/Brumby Government to bring forward the construction date. As a result of the Global Financial Crisis, the Brumby Labor government made a decision to spend heavily in major infrastructure projects, and as part of this program, announced in December 2008 that construction of the extension would be brought forward to 2010, with the new station opening to the public on 22 April 2012.[3][4] The former Epping line was extended to the border of South Morang and Mill Park, about two kilometres short of the original station site. As part of the extension project, five kilometres of track was duplicated between Keon Park and Epping stations, and a second platform built at Thomastown. Thomastown and Epping stations received upgrades to improve accessibility, with the upgraded stations opening in November 2011.[5] A new bridge has been built between Clifton Hill and Westgarth, overcoming a bottleneck on the Hurstbridge line near its junction with this line.

Station



South Morang is a Parkiteer bike cage.

References

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