Final works start on Ballarat line

Passengers on Victoria’s second busiest regional rail line are asked to plan ahead in December and January while work on the Ballarat line upgrade’s final phase of works and safety testing is underway.

Commissioning, critical safety testing and driver training will take place during a five-week disruption from Monday 28 December 2020 to Saturday 30 January 2021.

The completion of works on the Ballarat line, which has created around 400 full time jobs, will pave the way for significantly more train services along the line, adding to the more than 150 new services delivered since 2015.

While coaches replace trains on the line, crews will also install 500 metres of track duplication between Bacchus Marsh Station and Maddingley and at two level crossings in Ballan, which could only take place at this point in the project when trains aren’t running.

Following commissioning and safety testing, trains and passengers will start using the new second platforms at Ballan, Bacchus Marsh and Wendouree stations, and the accessible pedestrian overpass at Wendouree Station will be opened.

New train passing loops at Ballan and Millbrook will help services recover faster from unexpected delays and improve reliability by providing more options for trains to pass each other on the line.

Major construction on the Ballarat line was completed at the end of last year, with a new station at Cobblebank, a rebuilt Rockbank Station, and upgraded stations at Bacchus Marsh, Ballan and Wendouree.

Coaches will replace trains on sections of the Ballarat, Ararat and Maryborough lines from Monday 28 December 2020 until Saturday 30 January 2021 to allow this important work to take place.

Passengers can find out if they’re affected by the disruption at bigbuild.vic.gov.au and find more information about the project at regionalrailrevival.vic.gov.au/ballarat.

The Ballarat line upgrade forms part of the Australian and Victorian governments’ investment in Regional Rail Revival, which is upgrading every regional passenger rail line and creating jobs and local supplier opportunities across the state.