Premier Announces Preferred Bidder To Transform Ballarat Line

Premier Announces Preferred Bidder To Transform Ballarat Line

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews

Ballarat Line Upgrade Kick Starts Regional Rail Revival

Victor P Taffa

Andrews Government’s Regional Rail Revival starts today with Lendlease, Coleman Rail and SMEC now the preferred bidder to transform the Ballarat line.

“We’re not wasting a moment upgrading the Ballarat line, and every regional passenger line in Victoria.” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

“We won the fight to revive regional rail and now we’re getting on with building the projects that regional Victorians need.”

Premier Daniel Andrews announced today that the experienced consortium has been chosen to build the $518 Million Ballarat Line Upgrade, following a competitive evaluation process.

$518 Million upgrade will duplicate 18 km of track between Deer Park West and Melton, paving the way for future electrification to Melton.

Ballarat Line Upgrade will also deliver

  • Better stations,
  • Extra passing loops,
  • More car parking,
  • New train stabling,
  • Relocate stabling at Bacchus Marsh station to Maddingley.

In relocating stabling away from homes this makes it quieter for local residents.

“Regional Rail Revival starts right here upgrading tracks, stations and services for regional passengers.” Acting Minister for Public Transport Jaala Pulford said.

“We’re delivering more frequent and reliable services for growing communities between Melbourne and Ballarat, and creating hundreds of local jobs.”

These upgrades will enable more trains, more often for passengers in Melbourne’s west and right along the Ballarat line, including trains every 40 minutes off-peak.

Ballarat Line Upgrade will create up to 400 jobs during construction part of the more than 1,000 jobs the Regional Rail Revival program will create across the state.

Ballarat Line Upgrade is the first project underway as part of the Andrews Government’s Regional Rail Revival program a once in a generation investment that will improve every regional passenger line in Victoria.

VIC Premier Daniel Andrews









Since February, more than 200 site investigations have been conducted and nearly 90 boreholes have been dug to understand ground conditions along the Ballarat corridor, and inform design and construction of the project.

Extensive community consultation has also been undertaken, including meetings with councils and landowners, an online survey completed by more than 150 people and engagement with more than 2,000 local passengers.

A final proposal will now be developed, with a contract due to be awarded later this year. Major construction is expected to start early next year.