Ballarat Station Upgrade revealed

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Ballarat passengers have had their first look at early designs for a $50 million upgrade to improve accessibility at the city’s historic train station.

Plans to improve accessibility at Ballarat Station include installing a pedestrian overpass with a passenger lift and stairs to both platforms.

The project also includes an upgrade of the northern entry to the station to build a new ramp and stairs, and improvements to lighting and tactiles.

The upgrades will make it easier for people with disability, as well as passengers with prams and luggage, to get around the station and use public transport, while also respecting the heritage of the station precinct.

The design includes a degree of transparency for the overpass that will maintain view lines from the inside and outside to ensure safety for all users.

Crews have completed preliminary engineering and geotechnical work that helped inform the early designs and determined the best location for the new overpass is at the station building's eastern end. Construction on the upgrades will be completed in 2026.

The work will build on the Ballarat Line Upgrade, which delivered an extra 135 weekly services for Ballarat and growing communities along the line. Trains now run every 20 minutes on average during peak times.

The Level Crossing Removal Project is delivering the Ballarat Station Upgrade in partnership with the Department of Transport and Planning.

Have your say at Engage Victoria on what’s important to you about the Ballarat Station Upgrade and how you’d like to hear from us, before 11.59pm, Sunday 7 July 2024.

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