November 13, 2015

CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON NEW ROWSLEY CROSSING LOOP

State Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard, today turned the first sod to mark the start of works on the Rowsley Crossing Loop project.

“This new kilometre-long crossing loop provides another point for trains to pass each other, which will help services recover from unexpected delays more quickly, boosting reliability and punctuality,” Mr Howard said.

“It will also allow for more frequent services to be provided in the future, ensuring services can meet demand as communities along the Ballarat line grow.

“As part of the project the existing rail crossing at Rowsley Station Road will be upgraded. Boom gates will be installed, which will bolster the existing flashing lights, making it safer for motorists, passengers and the local community.”

The new crossing loop is one of a number of initiatives the Andrews Labor Government is implementing to improve Ballarat line services.

“Since June, the Andrews Labor Government has delivered extra peak hour services and eight new carriages to the Ballarat line, providing room for more than 900 extra passengers every day.

“These extra carriages are long overdue, given the previous Liberal Government’s failure to order any new carriages for two years.

“Although the Liberals promised a passing loop at Ballan ahead of the 2010 election, this was never constructed.

“I’m pleased that Labor is getting on with this project, which will improve services for Ballarat line passengers.”

The Rowsley Crossing Loop project is being delivered by V/Line, on behalf of Public Transport Victoria, with McConnell Dowell awarded the construction contract.

To find out more about this project visit http://ptv.vic.gov.au/rowsley or contact Public Transport Victoria on 1800 800 007 or via email at ptvprojects@ptv.vic.gov.au.