July 13, 2016

ALL HANDS ON DECK FOR MAJOR MAINTENANCE WORKS ON THE BALLARAT LINE

Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard announced that $2.2 million in critical maintenance and improvements works will be undertaken on the Ballarat train line this weekend.

“The $2.2 million works will replace track and sleepers and maintain boom gates at four level crossings along the line – critical work that needs to be done to deliver safe services for passengers,” Mr Howard said.

“Around 80 V/Line staff will replace sleepers and rail in Ballarat, and renew turnout points which guide trains from one track to another.

“This investment will ensure services on the Ballarat line remain safe and reliable ahead of our major transformation of the line.

“We’re building a better Ballarat line now, and investing and planning for better services in the future – to get people home safer and sooner.”

Maintenance work will be carried out on the boom gates at Hopkins Road in Melton, Forest Street in Wendouree, and MacArthur Street and Doveton Street in Ballarat.

To enable these works to take place safely and efficiently, trains will be replaced by coaches between Southern Cross Station and Wendouree on Saturday 16 July and Sunday 17 July.  Customers should allow an extra 45 minutes travel time.

Normal train services will resume for the morning peak on Monday 18 July.

These works follow the Andrews Labor Government’s announcement of $518 million to upgrade the Ballarat corridor.

The project will duplicate the line to Melton and build new crossing loops, carparks, platforms and stabling, to run more services for Ballarat and suburbs in Melbourne’s west.