The Ballarat Line Upgrade has been awarded as an Alliance with the construction contractor consortium made up of Coleman Rail, Lendlease and SMEC, in partnership with Rail Projects Victoria and V/Line.
The Ballarat Line Upgrade (BLU) delivers the infrastructure needed for more frequent and reliable train services for regional Victorians, better connectivity from our regions to Melbourne and between regional centres and more opportunities for regional Victorians to access jobs, education, healthcare and housing.
Under the project for the Victorian and Australian governments, 18 kilometres of track between Deer Park West and Melton on the Ballarat line will be duplicated. This will create more space for trains to pass each other while also paving the way for the future electrification of the line to Melton, which will create a new metropolitan train line into the city.
The project also includes upgrading Rockbank Station with rebuilt platforms, new pedestrian links between platforms, and more than 350 car parks. There will also be a new platform and pedestrian link at Bacchus Marsh, Ballan and Wendouree Stations.
A new station at Toolern, between Rockbank and Melton, will include two platforms connected by an accessible pedestrian link, sealed car parking, drop-off zones, taxi spaces and secure bicycle facilities, bus interchange and shelters, security and lighting, and station facilities.
Additionally, there will be new stabling facilities at Maddingley, the removal of stabling facilities at Bacchus Marsh Station, three kilometres of track duplication between Bacchus Marsh Station and Rowsley Station Road, and a 4.5 kilometre passing loop at Ballan.
Finally, a new four-kilometre passing loop at Millbrook will make it possible to close the existing Bungaree loop and remove five level crossings. Major construction will commence in early 2018 and is scheduled for completion by late 2019.
The Ballarat Line upgrade has successfully completed bulk earthworks, structural fill placement and 50% of the combined services route from Caroline Springs Station to Melton Station. Pile abutments and piers have also been completed ahead of the occupation for the Toolern Creek Bridge. The structural slab and steel work has been developed for the Maddingley driver amenities building. Works at the Maddingley Stabling Yard have commenced with bulk earthwork and formation, and completion of in ground services.
Works are set to be completed late 2019.
Location: Victoria, Australia
Contract Type: Design and Construct
Completion date: 2019
Operation and Maintenance: 2018 - 2019
Project Value: AU $518 million