The Ballarat Line Upgrade is the first line upgrade to be completed as part of the $4 billion Regional Rail Revival program.
The Ballarat Line Upgrade has enabled 135 extra services in total across the project along the Ballarat Line, including trains every 20 minutes during the peaks and 40 minutes between the peaks, to service the growing communities in the region.
The project has delivered the critical infrastructure needed for the new services, including track duplication, passing loops, signalling upgrades, new platforms and extra track at key stations.
Passing loops at Ballan and Millbrook are in operation, and provide more options for trains to pass each other in these sections, allowing more frequent services and helping services recover faster from unexpected delays.
The 18km of track duplication between Melton and Deer Park West has helped to boost reliability along the entire line.
Upgrades at Wendouree Station allow trains to pass each other here for the first time, so passengers on delayed services from Melbourne are less likely to be transferred to replacement coaches at Ballarat.
Passengers at Rockbank, Ballan and Bacchus Marsh are enjoying more accessible and comfortable stations, with pedestrian overpasses featuring lifts and ramps, better lighting and CCTV, improved car parks and better bike storage.
Bacchus Marsh passengers also have 100 extra parking spaces, while the Rockbank Station rebuild included a new car park with 350 spaces.
Trains and passengers are now using the new second platforms at Ballan, Bacchus Marsh and Wendouree stations.
Service benefits are being delivered along the length of the Ballarat Line including:
The Ballarat Line Upgrade included:
The Ballarat Line Upgrade was delivered by Rail Projects Victoria (RPV), on behalf of the Victorian Government.
The construction contractor for the Ballarat Line Upgrade was a consortium comprising ACCIONA, Coleman Rail and SMEC, in partnership with RPV and V/Line.
More than 1.6 million hours were worked on the Ballarat Line Upgrade since construction began in late 2017.