April 27, 2016

MASSIVE UPGRADE OF BALLARAT LINE TO RUN MORE TRAINS

The Ballarat line will be duplicated from Deer Park to Melton and additional passing loops will be built along the corridor, to fix reliability issues and deliver more frequent services to and from Ballarat.

The Victorian Budget 2016/17 delivers a $518 million upgrade to the Ballarat line, including the duplication of a 17-kilometre section of single track between Deer Park West and Melton, paving the way for the future electrification of the line to Melton.

Three kilometres of track west of Warrenheip will also be duplicated, and three additional crossing loops will be built at Bacchus Marsh, Ballan and near Bungaree.

These loops will provide more opportunities for trains to pass each other, which will help services recover from unexpected delays more quickly, boosting reliability and punctuality.

The new loop near Bungaree will also improve safety for motorists and the local community by removing five level crossings on the existing Bungaree Loop.

This package of works will enable two extra services in the morning and afternoon peak, and a train every 40 minutes in the off-peak.

These services will be bolstered by the Andrews Labor Government’s $280.4 million investment in 27 new VLocity carriages and extra stabling, that will create space for 2,000 extra passengers across the regional network.

New stabling facilities will be built at Melton and Rowsley to house the extra carriages needed to deliver more  services.

Second platforms will be built at Bacchus Marsh and Ballan stations and the existing platforms at Rockbank Station will be extended by more than 50 metres so passengers can use every carriage to get on or off the train. A sealed car park will also be built on the south-side of Rockbank Station.

These initiatives are on top of the extra services and carriages the Labor Government has already added to the Ballarat line, the new Wendouree Station carpark and the Rowsley crossing loop currently under construction.

Quotes attributable Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight

“This half-a-billion dollar investment in tracks and trains will deliver more services to and from Ballarat, that turn up on time more often.”

“Passengers will get more trains, more often, that turn up on time, so they spend more time with family and friends, and less waiting on platforms for the train to arrive.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard

“This is the major upgrade of the Ballarat line that previous Governments have talked about but never delivered. The excuses stop now – we’re getting it done.”

 “It will mean people in Ballarat, Ballan and other growing communities right along the line can get to work, school and appointments on time, and home safer and sooner, every day.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford

“This $518 million investment builds on the nine extra carriages we have delivered to Ballarat line services, to reduce crowding and carry more people every day.”