Passenger trains will return to Mernda for the first time in almost 60 years, with the South Morang line set to become the new Mernda line.

From Sunday 26 August, the new Mernda Station will give passengers in Melbourne’s north access to 982 city-bound services each week. Two new and seven realigned bus routes will connect passengers to the three new stations on the Mernda line.

It will be the first time a passenger train has run to Mernda since the former Whittlesea line was decommissioned in 1959.

The three new stations will cater for up to 8,000 commuters a day, while new walking and cycling paths will be built to connect the new stations and provide alternative transport options.

Members of the public will be able to check out the three brand new stations on the Mernda line before they open, with a community day planned for Sunday 19 August.

Full timetables will be available here.