EARLY WORKS BEGIN FOR $518 MILLION BALLARAT LINE UPGRADE
EARLY works are now underway as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s transformation of the Ballarat line.
Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard was at the Ballan Station last week, where geotechnical investigations are underway on the $518 million Ballarat Line Upgrade.
The investigations involve digging deep boreholes and test pits to gather soil and rock samples.
These samples will provide valuable information about the ground conditions in the area and inform the design and construction of the project, which will bring more trains, more often to the Ballarat line. Around 200 geotechnical investigations will be conducted along the line over the coming months and will not disrupt services at all. The Labor Government’s half-a-billion upgrade will duplicate a 17-kilometre section of single track between Deer Park West and Melton, paving the way for future electrification of the line to Melton. The project will also duplicate a three kilometre section of track west of Warrenheip, build new crossing loops and create new train stabling at Melton and Rowsley to support more frequent, reliable services. Second platforms will be built at Bacchus Marsh and Ballan stations, and the existing platforms at Rockbank Station will be extended so passengers can use each carriage to get on or off the train. The Ballarat Line Upgrade is being delivered by the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority. Major construction will commence in early 2018, with the project to be completed by late 2019. “The early works now underway will provide valuable information about ground conditions in the area, which will inform the design and construction of this huge project.” Mr Howard said.
“Our $518 million upgrade of the Ballarat line will create space for more services, more often through Bacchus Marsh, Ballan and Ballarat.”