Ballarat Line Upgrade
Coaches will replace trains between Ararat, Beaufort, Wendouree and Ballarat from Saturday 7 December until Friday 13 December. For more information and to plan your journey visit the V/Line website.
The Ballarat Line Upgrade will enable much-needed extra services during peak times, and trains every 40 minutes off-peak, as well as better stations to service growing communities in Melbourne’s outer west and Ballarat.
What will happen?
The Ballarat Line Upgrade includes:
- duplication of 18 kilometres of track between Deer Park west and Melton
- a new Cobblebank Station, between Rockbank and Melton, separately funded by the Victorian Government’s Growth Area Infrastructure Contribution
- The rebuilt Rockbank Station, including new and longer platforms, a pedestrian overpass and a new car park with 350 spaces
- Bacchus Marsh Station upgrade including a new platform, pedestrian overpass and 100 new car park spaces
- Ballan Station upgrade including a new platform, pedestrian overpass and a new car park on the southern side of the station
- Wendouree Station upgrade including a new platform, pedestrian overpass and extra track
- track duplication at Bacchus Marsh
- building a new stabling facility at Maddingley
- passing loops at Ballan and Millbrook
- signalling upgrades and track improvements.
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What are the benefits?
The Ballarat Line Upgrade has already delivered a new station at Cobblebank and major station upgrades at Rockbank, Ballan and Bacchus Marsh.
Trains are now using the 18km of track duplication between Melton and Deer Park West, which will help boost reliability along the entire line.
The track duplication has enabled 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.
The Ballarat Line Upgrade will enable much-needed extra services during peak times, and trains every 40 minutes off-peak, to service growing communities in Melbourne’s outer west and Ballarat.
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 won’t have to be transferred onto replacement coaches at Ballarat.
What are the next steps?
More than 1.4 million hours have been worked on the project and major construction on the Ballarat Line Upgrade will be complete by the end of 2019.
Following major construction on the Ballarat Line Upgrade there will be a period of commissioning second platforms and track, as well as undertaking driver training and critical safety testing, before even more services are introduced on the line in 2020.
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.