March 9, 2017

HOWARD ANNOUNCES UPGRADE AT BALLAN STATION

The Andrews Labor Government will deliver a further upgrade to the Ballan Station.

Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard announced today that at Ballan station, the doors to the station will be replaced with automatic sliding doors to make the station entrance and toilets more accessible for passengers who use a wheelchair or scooter and parents with prams.

The upgrade is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Road and Rail Minor Works Program, which will also deliver new car parks, more comfortable waiting areas, and better passenger information at train stations across rural and regional Victoria.

The $22.5 million Program was funded in last year’s Victorian State Budget, which provided $1.3 billion to improve regional public transport.

It is the product of extensive consultation with local communities during the development of the Regional Network Development Plan, and will improve public transport for thousands of people across Victoria.

Contracts are expected to be awarded by the end of April, construction is expected to commence in late-2017, and to be completed by the end of 2018.

The announcement comes just a week after the Government called for tenders for its $518 million upgrade of the Ballarat line.

The project will see a second rail platform constructed at Ballan Station to service a duplicated line through the station. This will also occur at Bacchus Marsh and a 17-kilometre section of single track between Deer Park West and Melton will be duplicated, paving the way for future electrification of the line to Melton.

The project will also duplicate a three kilometre section of track east of Warrenheip, build new crossing loops and create new train stabling at Melton and Rowsley to support more frequent, reliable services.

It also follows the introduction of 10 extra services every week on the Ballarat line in January as part of a new V/Line timetable which added 80 regional new services across Victoria.

For more tender information, please visit tenderlink.com/victrack. For more information about the program visit victrack.com.au/projects/key-projects/road-and-rail-minor-works-program