Major construction on the Ballarat Line Upgrade is now complete, to deliver much-needed extra services for the growing communities along the line.
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.
What are the benefits?
The Ballarat Line Upgrade has already delivered a new station at Cobblebank and major station upgrades at Rockbank, Ballan, Bacchus Marsh and Wendouree.
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 to replacement coaches at Ballarat.
What are the next steps?
More than 1.4 million hours have been worked on the Ballarat Line Upgrade since construction began in late 2017.
More services will be introduced along the line in 2020, following a period of disruption for the commissioning of second platforms, new track and passing loops, as well as safety testing and driver training.
All trains will continue to use platform 1 at Wendouree, Bacchus Marsh and Ballan stations until after the commissioning period. There will be no access to Wendouree Station’s pedestrian overpass and second platforms at Wendouree, Ballan and Bacchus Marsh until then.
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.