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Ballarat Line Upgrade

The Ballarat Line Upgrade has been awarded as an Alliance with the construction contractor consortium made up of Coleman Rail, Lendlease and SMEC, in partnership with Rail Projects Victoria and V/Line.

The Ballarat Line Upgrade (BLU) delivers the infrastructure needed for more frequent and reliable train services for regional Victorians, better connectivity from our regions to Melbourne and between regional centres and more opportunities for regional Victorians to access jobs, education, healthcare and housing.

Key Features

Under the project for the Victorian and Australian governments, 18 kilometres of track between Deer Park West and Melton on the Ballarat line will be duplicated. This will create more space for trains to pass each other while also paving the way for the future electrification of the line to Melton, which will create a new metropolitan train line into the city.

The project also includes upgrading Rockbank Station with rebuilt platforms, new pedestrian links between platforms, and more than 350 car parks. There will also be a new platform and pedestrian link at Bacchus Marsh, Ballan and Wendouree Stations.

A new station at Toolern, between Rockbank and Melton, will include two platforms connected by an accessible pedestrian link, sealed car parking, drop-off zones, taxi spaces and secure bicycle facilities, bus interchange and shelters, security and lighting, and station facilities.

Additionally, there will be new stabling facilities at Maddingley, the removal of stabling facilities at Bacchus Marsh Station, three kilometres of track duplication between Bacchus Marsh Station and Rowsley Station Road, and a 4.5 kilometre passing loop at Ballan.

Finally, a new four-kilometre passing loop at Millbrook will make it possible to close the existing Bungaree loop and remove five level crossings. Major construction will commence in early 2018 and is scheduled for completion by late 2019.


Current Status:

The Ballarat Line upgrade has successfully completed bulk earthworks, structural fill placement and 50% of the combined services route from Caroline Springs Station to Melton Station. Pile abutments and piers have also been completed ahead of the occupation for the Toolern Creek Bridge. The structural slab and steel work has been developed for the Maddingley driver amenities building. Works at the Maddingley Stabling Yard have commenced with bulk earthwork and formation, and completion of in ground services.

Works are set to be completed late 2019.


Location: Victoria, Australia

Contract Type: Design and Construct

Completion date: 2019

Operation and Maintenance: 2018 - 2019

Project Value: AU $518 million


  •          The Ballarat Line Upgrade will enable much-needed extra services during peak times, and
             trains every 40 minutes off-peak, to service growing communities in Melbourne’s outer
             west and Ballarat.
  •          Passing loops at Ballan and Millbrook will provide more options for trains to pass each other,
             allowing more frequent services and helping services recover faster from unexpected delays.
  •          Upgrades at Wendouree Station will allow trains to pass each other here for the first time, so
             passengers on delayed services from Melbourne won’t have to be transferred onto
             replacement coaches at Ballarat.
  •          A new station at Toolern will cater to the region’s growing population.
  •          Rockbank Station will be rebuilt and will have more than 350 car parks, better access for
             buses and pedestrians, improved security & lighting and landscaping.
  •          Ballan and Bacchus Marsh Stations receiving upgrades.
  •          The project will allow for the future electrification of the line from Melbourne to Melton.

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