The Andrews Labor Government decision to duplicate the Ballarat line to Melton will deliver more services when they are needed most and improve reliability, so more trains turn up on time.
Melton MP Don Nardella said:
The duplication will pave the way for the future electrification of the line to Melton.
Also, three additional crossing loops will be built, including one at Bacchus Marsh. These loops will provide more opportunities for trains to pass each other, which will help services recover from unexpected delays more quickly, boosting reliability and punctuality.
This package of works will enable two extra services in the morning and afternoon peak, and a train every 40 minutes in the off-peak.
These services will be bolstered by the Labor Government’s $280.4 million investment in 27 new VLocity carriages, that will create space for 2,000 extra passengers across the regional network.
New stabling facilities will be built at Melton and Rowsley to house the extra carriages needed to deliver more services.
Second platforms will be built at Bacchus Marsh and Ballan stations and the existing platforms at Rockbank Station will be extended by more than 50 metres so passengers can use each carriage to get on or off the train.
A sealed car park will also be built on the south-side of Rockbank Station.
and more than 200 car parking spaces will be added at Melton and Deer Park, to make it easier to drive to the station and catch the train.
These initiatives are on top of the extra services and carriages the Labor Government has already added to the Ballarat line through Melton and Melbourne’s West.
Don Nardella said:
Passengers will get more trains, more often, that turn up on time, so they spend more time with family and friends, and less waiting on platforms for the train to arrive.