Ballarat Line major works boost

A consortium delivering major upgrades to the Ballarat Line has a team of 400 construction crew, working around the clock for a two week period on the Ballarat Line upgrade.

The Lendlease, Coleman Rail and SMEC consortium are delivering a pedestrian overpass at Bacchus Marsh station, a new track built at Maddingley, Ballan, Melton and near Caroline Spring, and major works at Rockbank station.

More than 885,000 hours have been worked on the project so far, with crews laying 26 kilometres of track, installing more than 40,000 concrete sleepers and 100,000 tonnes of ballast.

Construction is also continuing at Wendouree and Cobblebank stations.

Major works are scheduled from Monday 24th of June to Sunday 7th of July.

When finished, the upgrade will enable extra services during peak times and trains every 40 minutes off peak for the Ballarat line.

Construction is set to finish at the end of 2019 and will also allow for the future electrification of the line from Melbourne to Melton.

Busses will replace trains between Ballarat and Southern Cross station to accommodate the works until the 7th of July.

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