The final phase of the Ballarat Line Upgrade will begin later this year, to deliver 125 extra services for the growing communities along the line.
What are the next steps?
The final phase of the Ballarat Line Upgrade will begin later this year, to deliver much-needed extra services for the growing communities along the line.
Crews will carry out commissioning, critical safety testing and driver training to integrate the new track, platforms and passing loops built as part of the project with the existing network.
Coaches will replace trains on sections of the Ballarat, Ararat and Maryborough lines from Monday 28 December 2020 to Saturday 30 January 2021 while we carry out this critical work on the project.
Nearly 1.6 million hours have been worked on the Ballarat Line Upgrade since construction began in late 2017.
What are the benefits?
The Ballarat Line Upgrade will enable 125 extra services – 45 during peak times - and trains every 20 minutes during peak and 40 minutes off-peak, to service growing communities along the line.
Following commissioning and safety testing, trains and passengers will start using the new second platforms at Ballan, Bacchus Marsh and Wendouree stations, and the accessible pedestrian overpass at Wendouree Station will be opened.
Passing loops at Ballan and Millbrook will provide more options for trains to pass each other, allowing more frequent services and helping services recover faster from unexpected delays.
Upgrades at Wendouree Station will allow trains to pass each other here for the first time, so passengers on delayed services from Melbourne are less likely to be transferred to replacement coaches at Ballarat.
Passengers have already benefited from the Ballarat Line Upgrade, with the project delivering a new station at Cobblebank and major station upgrades at Rockbank, Ballan, Bacchus Marsh and Wendouree.
The 18km of track duplication between Melton and Deer Park West has helped boost reliability along the entire line, and enabled the introduction of two new peak services – one in the morning and one in the afternoon – for passengers between Melton and Southern Cross Station.
Passengers at Rockbank, Ballan and Bacchus Marsh are enjoying more accessible and comfortable stations, with pedestrian overpasses featuring lifts and ramps, better lighting and CCTV and improved car parks including better bike storage.
Bacchus Marsh passengers also have 100 extra parking spaces.
What is included?
The Ballarat Line Upgrade has included:
- duplicating 18 kilometres of track between Deer Park west and Melton
- building a new Cobblebank Station, between Rockbank and Melton, separately funded by the Victorian Government’s Growth Area Infrastructure Contribution
- rebuilding Rockbank Station, including new, longer platforms, a pedestrian overpass and a car park with 350 spaces
- upgrading Bacchus Marsh Station including a new platform, pedestrian overpass and 100 new car park spaces
- upgrading Ballan Station including a new platform, pedestrian overpass and a new car park on the southern side of the station
- upgrading Wendouree Station including a new platform, pedestrian overpass and extra track
- duplicating track at Bacchus Marsh
- building a new stabling facility at Maddingley
- building passing loops at Ballan and Millbrook
- signalling upgrades and track improvements.
Who is responsible?
The Ballarat Line Upgrade is being delivered by Rail Projects Victoria (RPV), on behalf of the Victorian Government.
The construction contractor for the Ballarat Line Upgrade is a consortium made up of Lendlease, Coleman Rail and SMEC, in partnership with RPV and V/Line.