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2019 news archive

2019 news archive

A look back at the news updates from 2019.

Train services resumed with free travel tomorrow

02 Apr 2019

We’d like to sincerely apologise to passengers for the inconvenience caused by delays to the resumption of train services on the Ballarat line.

Geelong and Warrnambool upgrades on the way

23 Apr 2019

Major upgrades to the Geelong and Warrnambool rail lines are a step closer to construction, with contractors shortlisted to deliver the multi-million-dollar projects.

Have your say on the Gippsland Line Upgrade

24 Apr 2019

Rail Projects Victoria is seeking feedback from passengers and the community on the Gippsland Line Upgrade.

Have your say on the Shepparton Line Upgrade stage 2

20 May 2019

Rail Projects Victoria is seeking feedback from passengers and the community on stage 2 of the $356 million Shepparton Line Upgrade.

Construction underway at Donnybrook and Wallan stations

30 May 2019

Better train stations are one step closer for two of Victoria’s fastest growing communities, with construction now underway on upgrades at Donnybrook and Wallan stations.

Ballarat Line Upgrade construction blitz

31 May 2019

A two-week construction blitz starting late June will take the Ballarat line Upgrade project into the home stretch.

Rockbank Station nears completion

31 May 2019

Rockbank Station’s existing platforms will soon be demolished to make way for two new, longer platforms as part of a major station rebuild.

Contractor appointed to design and build new Avon River Bridge

01 Jul 2019

Better train services are on the horizon for Bairnsdale passengers, with a contractor appointed to design and build the new rail bridge over the Avon River in Stratford.

Ballarat Line Upgrade to hit one million hours

25 Jun 2019

The Ballarat Line Upgrade will soon clock up one million hours of work, as construction heads towards completion by the end of the year.

Work progressing on Rockbank Station

05 Jul 2019

Rockbank passengers are reminded that the station will remain out of service and trains will not stop to drop off or pick up passengers until late August.

Ballarat line blitz update

11 Jul 2019

Construction on the Ballarat Line Upgrade is a step closer to completion following an intensive two-week works blitz.

Construction continues at Donnybrook and Wallan

24 Jul 2019

Crews will make critical progress on upgrades to Donnybrook and Wallan stations this weekend as coaches replace trains between Southern Cross and Seymour for V/Line maintenance work.

Rockbank Station reopening

12 Aug 2019

Rockbank Station will be reopening to passengers on Monday 26 August.

Wendouree overpass lifted into place

15 Aug 2019

Crews braved freezing conditions last Friday to lift in Wendouree Station’s new overpass - the last of five overpasses to be installed as part of the Ballarat Line Upgrade.

Rockbank Station reopening event

20 Aug 2019

Rockbank locals can get a sneak-peek of their brand-new station this Sunday ahead of its reopening to passengers the following day.

Rockbank upgrades unveiled

25 Aug 2019

The Rockbank community came out in droves to celebrate the opening of their rebuilt station on Sunday 25 August.

Locals learn more about new Avon River Bridge

10 Sep 2019

Work to build a new rail bridge over the Avon River will be underway in Stratford soon, and to get locals ready for what’s to come the construction team held information sessions last week.

Temporary car park changes at Bacchus Marsh and Ballan stations

12 Sep 2019

There will be temporary changes to car parking at Bacchus Marsh and Ballan stations from mid-September.

White Night Ballarat

24 Sep 2019

Regional Rail Revival took part in White Night Ballarat this year with a fresh installation.

Powering the Ballarat Line Upgrade

25 Sep 2019

Bunjil Energy is helping to power the Ballarat Line Upgrade with renewable energy.

Bacchus Marsh Station southern car park open

26 Sep 2019

The new southern car park at Bacchus Marsh Station has opened today, making it easier for passengers to park and catch the train.

Contractors shortlisted for Bendigo, Gippsland and Shepparton Upgrades

09 Oct 2019

More frequent and reliable services are one step closer for Bendigo, Gippsland and Shepparton passengers, with contractors shortlisted to deliver critical upgrades on these lines.

Ballarat Line Service Changes

10 Oct 2019

Passengers are being asked to plan ahead as work on the Ballarat Line Upgrade ramps up – with construction on the project to be completed by the end of the year.

New station and services for Melbourne’s west

22 Oct 2019

Ballarat line passengers will benefit from a brand new station and extra train services in a matter of weeks.

Cobblebank Station opening community event

20 Nov 2019

The community can get a sneak-peek of the brand new Cobblebank Station on Sunday 1 December ahead of its opening to passengers the following day.

Regional artists making their mark on Ballarat Line station upgrades

30 Oct 2019

Warrnambool artists Fiona Clarke and Ken McKean have been commissioned to create a series of artworks for each of the upgraded stations at Wendouree, Ballan, Bacchus Marsh and Rockbank, as well as the new station at Cobblebank.

Ballarat construction blitz reminder

07 Nov 2019

Ballarat line passengers are being reminded to plan ahead as major construction on the Ballarat Line Upgrade ramps up during November.

Temporary traffic changes on Ballarat Line

07 Nov 2019

During November there will be temporary road closures as works ramp up on the Ballarat Line Upgrade.

Ballarat Line Upgrade boosting technology skills at school

20 Nov 2019

Local primary school students are getting a first-hand experience in robotics and coding thanks to an innovative new STEM education program supported by the Ballarat Line Upgrade.

Gippsland Line Upgrade: what we heard

15 Nov 2019

Earlier this year, we asked the community to provide feedback on the Gippsland Line Upgrade.

Construction underway on the new Avon River bridge

20 Nov 2019

Construction is underway on a new rail bridge over the Avon River at Stratford, with local businesses among the first to be involved.

Wallan Station car park upgrades and new bus interchange

20 Nov 2019

Wallan passengers are now enjoying better access around the station as a result of car park upgrades and a new bus interchange completed at Wallan Station last week.

Service changes for Ararat, Beaufort and Wendouree passengers in December

20 Nov 2019

Passengers travelling between Ararat and Ballarat are being asked to plan ahead for service changes in December, as major construction on the Ballarat Line Upgrade moves towards completion by the end of the year.

Summer works

21 Nov 2019

Coaches will replace trains on the Gippsland Line in January.

Keep safe around the Ballarat Line

28 Nov 2019

Test trains will be running along the Ballarat Line this week while we undertake vital safety testing and driver training before services return on Monday.

Temporary traffic changes at Gillies Street, Wendouree

28 Nov 2019

We’re laying new track through the Gillies Street level crossing in Wendouree, as major construction on the Ballarat Line Upgrade approaches completion.

Celebrating Cobblebank Station opening

03 Dec 2019

We celebrated the opening of Cobblebank Station on Sunday, with more than a thousand community members coming along to see the new station before it opened to passengers the following day.

Services return after Ballarat Line works

03 Dec 2019

Services have returned to the Ballarat Line following a 23-day construction blitz as part of the Ballarat Line Upgrade.

Construction starts on Ararat stabling upgrade

06 Dec 2019

Construction has begun on the Ararat train stabling upgrade, to boost service frequency for Ararat passengers.

Major construction complete on the Ballarat Line Upgrade

27 Dec 2019

Major construction is now complete on the Ballarat Line Upgrade.

Plan ahead for service changes in January

23 Dec 2019

Gippsland Line trains will be replaced by coaches from Thursday 2 January to Thursday 30 January.

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