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Ballarat Line Upgrade

There will be service changes on the Ballarat line from Saturday 19 October to Thursday 24 October, with coaches replacing trains on the line while V/Line carries out complex renewal works at Southern Cross Station. The Ballarat Line Upgrade will use the opportunity to complete track work at the Hopkins Road level crossing during this time.

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.

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.

Find out about our current works.

Ballarat Line Upgrade Map

What are the benefits?

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.

The project will deliver better stations for passengers, with a rebuild of Rockbank Station and upgrades at Bacchus Marsh, Ballan and Wendouree providing more accessible and comfortable stations for these growing communities.

The new Cobblebank Station will cater to the region’s growing population. Rockbank Station will be rebuilt, with Ballan and Bacchus Marsh stations receiving upgrades.

The project will allow for the future electrification of the line from Melbourne to Melton.

What are the next steps?

Construction started on the Ballarat Line Upgrade in October 2017 and more than one million construction hours have been worked on the project since.

Work on new and upgraded stations, track duplication, crossing loops and signalling upgrades is underway, and will continue until the end of 2019.

Find out about current works in your area.

Construction on the project will be complete in late 2019.

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.

Keep informed

We will notify the community of any disruptions via letter box drops, emails, website updates, advertising, social media and station pop-ups.

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