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Ballarat Line Upgrade

This project by the Ballarat Line Upgrade Alliance has registered for a Design v1.2 IS Rating.


The Australian and Victorian governments are upgrading the Ballarat line to deliver more trains and improved reliability for Melbourne's outer western suburbs, Melton, Rockbank, Bacchus Marsh, Ballan and Ballarat. The project will enable much needed extra services in the morning and afternoon peak, plus a train every 40 minutes off-peak for these growing communities.

The Ballarat Line Upgrade includes duplication of 18 kilometres of track between Deer Park West and Melton, upgrading of four existing stations and building a new station at Toolern, additional passing loops, and new stabling facilities at Maddingley.

Preliminary construction works started in October 2017 while upgrades to stations and track duplication started in early 2018, with the project to be completed by late 2019.

The Ballarat Line Upgrade includes:

  • Duplication of 18 kilometres of track between Deer Park West and Melton

  • Upgrading Rockbank station and extending platforms, constructing a new pedestrian link between platforms and building a new car park

  • Additional platforms at Wendouree, Bacchus Marsh and Ballan stations, with new pedestrian links between platforms

  • A new station at Toolern, between Rockbank and Melton, funded by the Victorian Government’s Growth Area Infrastructure Contribution

  • New stabling facilities at Maddingley, and the removal of stabling facilities at Bacchus Marsh

  • Duplication of three kilometres of track between Bacchus Marsh station and Maddingley stabling facilities

  • A new 4.5-kilometre passing loop at Ballan

  • A new four-kilometre passing loop at Millbrook, making it possible to close the existing Bungaree loop and remove five level crossings.

“The Alliance is committed to pursuing a minimum IS score of 70 Design & As Built Rating for the Ballarat Line Upgrade, as mandated by our client, Melbourne Metro Rail Authority. The pursuit of an ‘Excellent’ IS Rating aligns well with our sustainability commitment as part of the Alliance’s governance charter, which states: ‘We commit to exceeding sustainability objectives – delivering a rail infrastructure solution that enhances sense of place, improves amenity for local communities and leaves an ongoing positive legacy for future generations.”

Paul Stefani – Alliance Manager, Ballarat Line Upgrade



To find out more about this project, visit the Ballarat Line Upgrade Alliance website.