The Andrews Government will deliver three stations and hundreds of extra train services every week on the new Mernda Line when the $600 million Mernda Rail Extension opens later this year.

The timetable will deliver 115 new and extended weekday services for the Mernda Line and 982 weekly services will be extended from South Morang to Mernda.

It will add 45 extra peak trains, and 70 daytime or evening services for South Morang passengers each week, creating room for an additional 115,000 passengers.

This will reduce overcrowding in the morning and evening peak periods and provide people with more options to travel to work, school or leisure activities throughout the day.

The Plenty Valley bus network will be expanded and adjusted to coordinate with the new train services to ensure the community has quick and easy links to Mernda Station where passengers will be able to access 982 weekly services and 962 weekly services at Hawkstowe and Middle Gorge stations.

When introduced later this year, the new timetable will deliver 190 new and 957 extended services across the Mernda, Werribee, Hurstbridge and Dandenong lines.

The new timetable will help make public transport a convenient and attractive transport option in the lead up to the opening of the Metro Tunnel, which will create space to run more trains, more often, right across Melbourne.

The Andrews Government is also making space for more passengers with 14 of its order of 24 Ballarat-made X’Trapolis trains now in service and the first new High Capacity Metro Trains rolling out on the Cranbourne/Pakenham line in mid-2019.

Train and bus timetables will be available at ptv.vic.gov.au before the changes are introduced in coming months.