Infrastructure Investment Paying Off For Ballarat Line With Train Punctuality

Infrastructure Investment Paying Off For Ballarat Line With Train Punctuality

Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

More Trains On Time On The Ballarat Line

Victor P Taffa

On time performance on the Ballarat Line corridor is at its highest level since May 2015.

“This is a great result and another encouraging sign that our plan to improve the performance of Ballarat services is bearing fruit.” Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said.

“The new timetable and Rowsley loop are improving reliability and punctuality ahead of our $518 Million transformation of the Ballarat line, which will enable more services and improve performance even further.”

Monthly performance figures released on Friday show 91.6 % of services arrived on time in September, up from 89 % in August, and 4.5 % higher than the 12-month average of 87.1 %.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan welcomed the result, which continues a positive trend in punctuality since timetable adjustment earlier in the year, and the completion of the Rowsley Crossing Loop.

“The Ballarat line is one of V/Line’s busiest, and it’s getting busier. Since the opening of the Regional Rail Link project in June last year, patronage on the Ballarat corridor has jumped 12.5 %.” Ms. Allan said.

Now almost a quarter of all V/Line trips across Victoria are taken on the Ballarat Line corridor, with more than 335,000 passenger trips in September alone.

To cater for this growth, and continue to improve the performance of services, the Andrews Government is investing more than $500 Million to transform services on the Ballarat Line.

“There is still work to be done but today’s result shows we’re on the right track, and there’s huge investment and improvements to come over the coming years.” Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight said.

The $518 Million project will duplicate the line to Melton, as well as a 3 km section of single track west of Warrenheip, and build 3 new crossing loops at

  • Bacchus Marsh,
  • Ballan,
  • Near Bungaree.

These additional loops will provide more points for trains to pass each other, which will help services recover from unexpected delays more quickly, boosting reliability and punctuality.

VIC MInister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

VIC MInister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“More trains are on time, more carriages are hitting the network and there are more services to come as we get on with our half-a-billion upgrade of the Ballarat corridor, to get people home safer and sooner, every day.” Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard said.

New stabling facilities will also be established at Melton and Rowsley, second platforms will be built at Bacchus Marsh and Ballan stations, and the existing platforms at Rockbank Station will be extended so passengers can use each carriage to get on or off the train.