$518 Million For Ballarat Line Improvements From State Budget 2016-17

$518 Million For Ballarat Line Improvements From State Budget 2016-17

Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

Labor Government Delivers Upgrade That Ballarat Line Needs

Victor P Taffa

The Andrews Government is investing more than half-a-billion-dollars to fix the Ballarat line and run extra services it needs as it grows.

Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, travelled to Ballarat today to discuss the comprehensive upgrade of the Ballarat line unveiled yesterday as part of the Victorian Budget 2016/17.

The $518 Million upgrade will duplicate the Ballarat line from Deer Park to Melton and build additional passing loops, to make the corridor more reliable and increase the number of services to and from Ballarat.


“The Andrews Government is investing in better services for Ballarat, so passengers spend less time on platforms and more time with loved ones.” Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said.

“Ballarat is growing and the quality and capacity of its train network needs to grow with it. That’s why we’re investing $518 Million in better tracks, and more than $280 Million in regional trains.”

The project includes:

  • Duplication of a 17 km section of single track between Deer Park West and Melton,
  • Future electrification of the line to Melton.
  • 3 km of track west of Warrenheip will also be duplicated,
  • 3 additional crossing loops will be built at Bacchus Marsh, Ballan and near Bungaree,
  • Second platforms will be built at Bacchus Marsh and Ballan Railway Stations,
  • Existing platforms at Rockbank Railway Station will be extended,
  • Sealed car park will be built on the south-side of Rockbank Railway Station,
  • 2 extra services in the morning and afternoon peak,
  • A train every 40 minutes off-peak,
  • New stabling facilities built at Melton and Rowsley to house extra carriages.

“These loops will provide more ways for trains to pass each other, which will help services recover from unexpected delays more quickly, boosting reliability and punctuality.” Ms. Allan said.

“This investment by the Andrews Government will deliver more services on the Ballarat line and improve punctuality for people travelling to and from Ballarat.” Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight said.

Services will be bolstered by the State Government’s $280 Million investment in 27 new V/Locity carriages, which will create space for 2,000 extra passengers across the regional network.

“This is the major upgrade of the Ballarat line that previous Governments have talked about but never delivered. The excuses stop now we’re getting it done.” Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard said.