Victoria’s Ballarat Line upgrade project is nearing one million hours of work, as construction on the project is due for completion at the end of the year.
Contractor Lendlease with partners Coleman Rail and SMEC, have been constructing the upgrades which aims to provide a more frequent and reliable service.
The project will reach one million hours of work in early July and crews have so far laid 26 kilometres of track, 40,000 concrete sleepers and 100,000 tonnes of ballast over a work area stretching more than 100 kilometres.
The project involves the design and construction of track duplications, passing loops, four station upgrades, a new station at Cobblebank, train storage facilities, access roads and signalling upgrades.
Premier Daniel Andrews joined Member for Melton Steve McGhie to inspect progress on the new Cobblebank Station, which will have two platforms, a carpark, and a station building with a waiting area.
“The Ballarat Line Upgrade is the first step of our Western Rail Plan – to deliver more trains, more often to Melbourne’s west and our growing regional centres,” Mr. Andrews said.
The new station will also feature an accessible pedestrian overpass with lifts ramps and stairs and will be future proofed to allow more tracks to be built in future rail upgrades.