24-hour works – Thursday 7 January to Wednesday 27 January 2021
The final phase of the Ballarat Line Upgrade will soon get underway to carry out commissioning, critical safety testing and driver training on the Ballarat Line. Thanks for your patience while this important work is underway.
What we are doing
The Bungaree passing loop will be decommissioned and will no longer be used by Ballarat Line trains.
Instead, trains will use the new Ballan and Millbrook passing loops, which will improve reliability and allow more frequent services.
The removal of the Bungaree passing loop means we can close five level crossings, boosting safety for road users.
The Ballarat Line Upgrade will deliver 125 new weekly train services from 31 January 2021 for the growing communities in Melbourne’s outer western suburbs, Bacchus Marsh, Ballan and Ballarat.
Ballan Station has been upgraded as part of the Ballarat Line Upgrade and now features an accessible overpass with lifts, ramps and stairs, a new car park and improved lighting, security and landscaping.
Trains will also start to use the new platform and track at Ballan Station.
We’re decommissioning the Bungaree passing loop and removing five level crossings between Torpys Road in Bungaree and Old Melbourne Road in Millbrook.
Works will include:
- removal of rail track across level crossings
- removal of boom gates from level crossings
- removal of all level crossing infrastructure, such as signalling, signage and road markings.
These works will take place during the day and night from 6am Thursday 7 January until 6pm Wednesday 27 January 2021.
There will be temporary road closures during this period, with dates subject to change:
- Bungaree-Wallace Road (east), Bungaree (7 – 11 January)
- Bungaree-Wallace (west), Wallace (7 – 11 January)
- Lesters Road, Bungaree (11 – 17 January)
- Westcotts Road, Wallace (11 – 17 January)
- Old Melbourne Road, Millbrook (20 – 27 January).
What to be aware of
There will be construction machinery, lighting towers and workers within the rail corridor and at level crossings.
Please allow extra travel time and follow traffic management signage for local detour routes while the level crossings are being removed.
We use a range of measures to minimise dust from construction activities, including placing dust monitors in and around the construction site, staging works to minimise exposed areas and water carts to wet down work areas.
Noise and vibration
To minimise potential noise and vibration impacts we monitor noise and vibration levels to make sure they are within the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) noise control guidelines.
Where possible, lighting will be directed away from residences and noise from the temporary lights will be monitored.
Plan your journey
Coaches will replace trains on sections of the Ballarat, Ararat and Maryborough lines from Monday 28 December until Saturday 30 January while we carry out work on the line.
For more information about V/Line coach replacement services, please contact the Public Transport Victoria call centre: 1800 800 007 (6am to midnight daily – all night Friday and Saturday) or visit vline.com.au
Health and safety
Works on the Ballarat Line Upgrade are progressing with strict COVIDSafe Plans in place. The health and safety of our workforce and community remains our top priority.
For more information and advice about the coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au