$518 million Ballarat line upgrade released to market

The Andrews Labor Government’s transformation of train services for Melbourne’s west has been released to market.

Member for Melton Don Nardella welcomed the release of the Request for Proposal (RFP) to build the $518 million Ballarat Line Upgrade, which will create space for more trains, more often through Bacchus Marsh and Melton.

The Labor Government’s half-a-billion dollar 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 east 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.

Around 200 geotechnical investigations will be carried out for the Ballarat Line Upgrade. They began earlier this month in Ballan and are now being carried out between Caroline Springs and Rockbank.

These investigations will continue over the coming months and provide critical information about ground conditions along the Ballarat line, which will inform how the project is designed and built.

The RFP documentation is now available at tenders.vic.gov.au, with responses due by 1 May 2017.

Major construction on the Ballarat Line Upgrade will start early next year, with the project to be complete by late 2019. For further information or to sign up for updates, visit vic.gov.au/ballaratlineupgrade

Member for Melton, Don Nardella MLA, said:

“This massive project will create space for more trains, more often through Bacchus Marsh and Melton.

Early works are underway, the project is out to market and we’re getting on with it – to get local passengers home safer and sooner.”