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Ballarat Line Upgrade construction blitz

Posted: 31 May 2019

A two-week construction blitz starting late June will take the Ballarat line Upgrade project into the home stretch.

The half-a-billion-dollar project to duplicate track, upgrade stations and build new stabling is now well-advanced, and will enable more frequent and reliable services for communities along the line.

More than 885,000 hours have been worked on the project so far, with crews laying 26 kilometres of track, installing more than 40,000 concrete sleepers and 100,000 tonnes of ballast.

Coaches will replace trains between Ballarat/Wendouree and Southern Cross Station from Monday 24 June to Sunday 7 July, while a 400-strong construction crew works around the clock.

Trains will continue to run between Ballarat and Maryborough, connecting with coaches to and from Southern Cross Station, and between Ballarat and Ararat, except for Saturday 29 June when coaches will replace Ararat trains for the entire journey for V/Line maintenance works.

Over the two weeks while trains are not running the pedestrian overpass will be lifted into place and the car park rebuild will start at Bacchus Marsh Station, track will be built at Maddingley, Ballan, Melton and near Caroline Springs, and major work will take place at Rockbank Station.

Rockbank Station will remain out of service until late August while its two platforms are demolished and rebuilt, and shuttle services will connect passengers to trains at Caroline Springs Station.

Passengers are asked to allow an extra 45 minutes travel time and to plan their journey at the V/Line website or by calling 1800 800 007. A temporary timetable is available at staffed V/Line stations and online.

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