Ballarat Train Line Upgrade

The 2016-17 State Budget includes $518 million to duplicate the Ballarat line to Melton, to increase the frequency of services for the Ballarat region and Melbourne’s outer west.

The Ballarat Line Upgrade includes:

  • duplication of 17 kilometres of track between Deer Park West and Melton
  • a new carpark at Rockbank Station
  • additional platforms at Bacchus Marsh and Ballan stations, and extended platforms at Rockbank Station with new pedestrian links between platforms
  • new stabling facilities at Melton and Rowsley, and the removal of stabling facilities at Bacchus Marsh
  • a five kilometre passing loop at Ballan
  • a four kilometre passing loop near Bungaree which will make it possible to close the existing Bungaree loop and remove five level crossings
  • a duplication of three kilometres of track east of Warrenheip Junction

Project benefits:

  • the Ballarat Line Upgrade paves the way for future electrification of the line to Melton
  • passing loops will provide more ways for trains to pass each other, which will help services recover from unexpected delays more quickly, boosting reliability and punctuality
  • the removal of level crossings improves safety for motorists and the local community
  • the upgrade will enable extra services in the morning and afternoon peak, and a train every 40 minutes in the off-peak.

For more information please visit the project webpage.