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    Ballarat Line Upgrade

    The Ballarat Line Upgrade was 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 western regions to Melbourne and between regional centres, and more opportunities for regional Victorians to access jobs, education, healthcare and housing.

    Key Features

    Under the project for the Victorian and Australian governments, 18 kilometres of track between Deer Park West and Melton on the Ballarat line was duplicated. This allows trains to run in opposite directions on separate tracks rather than competing for the same single track section.

    The project also included upgrading Rockbank Station with rebuilt platforms, new pedestrian links between platforms, and more than 350 car parks. There is also a new platform and pedestrian link at Bacchus Marsh, Ballan and Wendouree Stations.

    A new station at Toolern (Cobblebank), between Rockbank and Melton, includes 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 are 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 makes it possible to close the existing Bungaree loop and remove five level crossings. Major construction commenced in early 2018 and was completed by late 2019.

     

    Current Status

    The Ballarat Line Upgrade has fully commissioned the new Maddingley stabling facilities and fully duplicated civil, track and signalling infrastructure between Caroline Springs and Melton. All construction works associated with the key station upgrades are complete, namely Rockbank Station, Cobblebank Station, Bacchus Marsh Station, Ballan Station and Wendouree Station. All civil and track infrastructure upgrades are now complete at Bacchus Marsh, Ballan and Millbrook. The only outstanding activities relate to the final commissioning, which is scheduled for 2020.

     

    General Information

    Location: Victoria, Australia

    Contract Type: Alliance contract comprising V/Line,
    Rail Projects Victoria, Lendlease Engineering, SMEC and Coleman Rail

    Completion date: 2019

    Final Commissioning Completion date: 2020

    Project Value: AU $553 million

    Benefits

    • The Ballarat Line Upgrade will enable much-needed extra services during peak times, and trains every 40 minutes off-peak, to service growing communities in Melbourne’s outer west and Ballarat.
    • Passing loops at Ballan and Millbrook will provide more options for trains to pass each other, allowing more frequent services and helping services recover faster from unexpected delays.
    • Upgrades at Wendouree Station will allow trains to pass each other.
    • A new station at Toolern will cater to the region’s growing population.
    • Rockbank Station will be rebuilt and will have more than 350 car parks, better access for buses and pedestrians, improved security and lighting and landscaping.
    • Ballan and Bacchus Marsh Stations receiving upgrades.
    • The project will protect the future provision of the electrification of the line from Melbourne to Melton.
    • DDA access at all new and upgraded stations.

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