An Additional Platform Included With Ballan Station Upgrade

An Additional Platform Included With Ballan Station Upgrade

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack

Victoria Minister for Public Transport and Major Projects Jacinta Allan

Ballan Station Upgrade Plans Unveiled

Victor P Taffa

Locals have had their first glimpse of plans for the improved Ballan Station, which will be transformed as part of the half-a-billion-dollar Stage One Ballarat Line Upgrade.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack and Victorian Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan unveiled designs of the upgrade, which will include:

  • An Additional Platform,
  • Improved bus bay layout,
  • New bicycle storage facilities,
  • New pedestrian overpass.

“Accessibility will be a critical part of the upgrade, with new lifts allowing all passengers to easily access both platforms, and ramp access to platforms from the car parks.” Deputy Prime Minister McCormack said.

“Upgrade will include a car park with a drop-off zone on the south side of the station, and the existing station car park on Atkinson Street will be modified to integrate with the improved bus bay, making it easier for passengers to park and ride.”

Improved security, lighting and landscaping will also be included in the upgrade.

Victorian Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said the revamp will maintain the heritage value of the existing station building and will be integrated with its existing look and feel, which is integral to the Ballan township.

“We’ve listened to the local community when designing the upgraded Ballan Station, and added features locals told us were important to them, all while maintaining the historic aesthetic of the station.” Minister Allan said.

Track at Ballan Station will be duplicated as part of the upgrade, with a 4.5-km passing loop being built from west of the Ingliston Road level crossing towards Old Melbourne Road. This will provide more space for trains to pass each other, to allow extra services and boost reliability.

“Ballan Station has been an integral part of the community for more than 130 years and these vital upgrades will ensure passengers can continue to use the station well into the future.” Minister Allan said.

Construction on the Ballan passing loop began during a works blitz in April, while work on the station upgrade will begin later this year. Stage One of the Ballarat Line Upgrade is expected to be completed in late 2019.

“Ballarat Line Upgrade will enable more frequent and reliable services for the growing communities along the line, including Ballan.” Minister Allan said.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rail Projects Victoria is seeking feedback from the local community on tree planting and landscaping around the station.

Ballarat Line Upgrade is part of the $1.75 Billion Regional Rail Revival, which will upgrade every regional passenger train line in Victoria, creating more than 1,000 jobs.

Regional Rail Revival is a joint initiative of the Federal and Victorian governments, with the Federal Government providing $1.6 Billion in funding and the Victorian Government $150 Million.