Ballarat Line Upgrade
Coaches are currently replacing trains between Southern Cross Station, Ballarat and Wendouree until Sunday 1 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.
Find out about our current works.
What are the benefits?
The Ballarat Line Upgrade has already delivered benefits for passengers, with Rockbank Station rebuilt from the ground up to give passengers in this growing community access to a station with modern facilities.
The new stabling at Maddingley is also in use with the old stabling at Bacchus Marsh Station demolished.
The new southern car park at Bacchus Marsh Station opened in September, featuring lighting and CCTV and providing passengers with a safer place to park.
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 upgrades at Rockbank, Bacchus Marsh, Ballan and Wendouree providing more accessible and comfortable stations for these growing communities.
What are the next steps?
More than one million hours have been worked on the project and major construction on the Ballarat Line Upgrade will be finished by the end of 2019.
The new station at Cobblebank will be operational from Monday 2 December when trains begin using the newly constructed 18km of duplicated track between Deer Park west and Melton.
The track duplication will allow two new peak services to be introduced on 2 December – one in the morning and one in the afternoon – for Melton, Rockbank, Caroline Springs and Deer Park passengers.
Following major construction on the Ballarat Line Upgrade there will be a period of commissioning, including 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.