Cobblebank Station opens

Residents in Melbourne’s booming outer west can now catch a train at their new station, with services stopping at Cobblebank Station from today.

Passengers between Melton and the city will also get two extra peak-hour services from tomorrow, as well as new bus services for Cobblebank and Rockbank.

A new duplicated track between Melton and Deer Park will reduce delays and enable extra services by providing more opportunities for trains to pass each other along the Ballarat line.

The station opening follows 23 days of intensive construction work, including upgrades at Bacchus Marsh and Ballan station, track and signalling works, safety testing and driver training.

This station was delivered as part of the half-a-billion-dollar Ballarat Line Upgrade, which also includes four major station upgrades, two new passing loops and new train stabling.

Cobblebank is modern and accessible, with lifts, ramps, lighting and CCTV, as well as a car park with drop-off zone, secure bike storage and bus bays.

The station will be serviced by 285 trains each week, as well as a new bus service that will run every 40 minutes on weekdays.

The final Ballarat rail works blitz for 2019 will take place from Saturday 7 to Friday 13 December, when coaches replace trains for all or part of the journey for Wendouree, Beaufort and Ararat passengers. Trains will continue to run between Maryborough, Ballarat and Southern Cross Station.

Following major construction completion at the end of the year, there will be a further period of disruption for commissioning and safety testing to bring the remaining infrastructure online and enable even more services to be introduced in 2020.

Once the project is completed, Ballarat line passengers will benefit from more peak services and trains every 40 minutes in the off-peak, as well as more modern and accessible stations.

The $551.7 million Ballarat Line Upgrade is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments as part of the $1.75 billion Regional Rail Revival Program, which is upgrading regional passenger rail lines across Victoria.