September 28, 2017

PREFERRED LOCATION CHOSEN FOR BALLAN LOOP

Thousands of Ballarat line passengers will benefit from more reliable train services following the selection of a preferred location for an important element of the Ballarat Line Upgrade.

Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard today announced the preferred location for the Ballan loop, which will finally give trains the space they need to pass each other.

Two options for the loop were originally considered as part of the design process.

The preferred design will now see the new 4.5 kilometre loop start west of the Ingliston Road level crossing and will run through to a spot approximately two kilometres west of Geelong – Ballan Road.

The loop incorporates a new second platform at Ballan station which will align with the existing platform.

This preferred location for the loop will allow trains travelling in opposite directions to arrive and depart at Ballan Station concurrently, further improving service reliability.

It also eliminates the need to build an additional bridge over a tributary of the Bostock Reservoir, avoiding the possible environmental impact of construction near the waterway.

Ballan station will be upgraded to include accessible platforms, improved lighting and CCTV, and modern designs that complement the existing heritage area.

This is part of the $518 million Ballarat Line Upgrade, which will deliver better services to Melbourne’s west, Melton, Bacchus Marsh, Ballan and Ballarat.

Major construction is expected to start early next year and the project will be completed by late 2019.

The Ballarat Line Upgrade will also result in up to 400 jobs during construction.

Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard

“The Andrews Labor Government’s $518 million investment in the Ballarat line will be a major stimulus to our economy during construction and into the future.”

“Passengers who use Ballan station every day will see the benefits of these upgrades with a more efficient, frequent and reliable rail service to get where they need to be.”