Rockbank Station Platforms To Be Extended As Part Of Ballarat Line Upgrade

Rockbank Station Platforms To Be Extended As Part Of Ballarat Line Upgrade

Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

Labor Government’s Ballarat Line Transformation Begins

Victor P Taffa

Work to duplicate the railway line between Deer Park and Melton is underway as part of the Andrews Government’s half-a-billion dollar transformation of the Ballarat corridor.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan joined Member for Melton Don Nardella in Deer Park today where around a kilometre of rail will be duplicated, boosting the reliability of services for local passengers ahead of the State Government’s Ballarat Line Upgrade.

“The Andrews Government’s transformation of the Ballarat corridor will deliver more frequent, reliable services to Melbourne’s west, Melton and communities right along the Ballarat line.” Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said.

 

“Over the next few years we’ll duplicate the track, build new passing loops and upgrade stations to make it easier to get to work, school and appointments, and home safer and sooner at the end of the day.”

The work has been brought forward to coincide with construction of the new Caroline Springs Railway Station, also being built by the Andrews Government to improve public transport in Melbourne’s growing western suburbs.

While construction crews are on site, they will duplicate the line between Christies Road and the new station, and install new signalling.

“The second track to Melton will create space for more trains through Rockbank, Deer Park and the new station we are building at Caroline Springs, and pave the way for electrification of the line in the future.” Member for Melton Don Nardella said.

“Duplicating the Ballarat line to Melton has been talked about for decades. The time for talk is over, work is underway we’re getting it done.”

This first section of double-track will open at the same time as the new Caroline Springs Railway Station early next year.

The Andrews Government’s $518 Million upgrade of the Ballarat line will also commence in 2017 and will duplicate the line all the way to Melton, as well as a 3 kilometre section of single track west of Warrenheip.

Three extra crossing loops will also be built as part of the project at

  • Bacchus Marsh,
  • Ballan,
  • Near Bungaree.

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.

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.

New stabling facilities will be built at Melton and Rowsley to house the extra carriages needed and second platforms will be built at Bacchus Marsh and Ballan railway stations.

Existing platforms at Rockbank Railway Station will also be extended so passengers can use each carriage to get on or off the train, and a sealed car park will also be built on the south-side of the Station.