Ballarat Line Upgrade

The Victorian Government is upgrading the Ballarat line to deliver more trains and better punctuality and reliability for Melbourne's outer western suburbs, Melton, Bacchus Marsh, Ballan and Ballarat.

Planning and design is now underway on this $518 million project. Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) is currently conducting geotechnical, ecological and noise investigations, which will not disrupt services. Major construction will commence in 2018 and be completed in late 2019.

About the project

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The Ballarat Line Upgrade includes:

  • duplication of 17 kilometres of track between Deer Park West and Melton
  • a new carpark at Rockbank station
  • additional platforms at Bacchus Marsh and Ballan stations, and extended platforms at Rockbank station with new pedestrian links between platforms
  • new stabling facilities at Melton and Rowsley, and the removal of stabling facilities at Bacchus Marsh
  • a five kilometre passing loop at Ballan
  • a four kilometre passing loop near Bungaree which will make it possible to close the existing Bungaree loop and remove five level crossings
  • duplication of three kilometres of track east of Warrenheip Junction.

Project updates

Request for Proposal

The Request for Proposal (RFP) to build the Ballarat Line Upgrade has been released to the market. The RFP documentation is now available at, with responses due by 1 May 2017.

Early works underway

MMRA is currently monitoring noise at properties close to the rail corridor, and conducting ecological and geotechnical investigations.

Around 200 geotechnical investigations will be conducted along the line over the coming months and will not disrupt services. The investigations involve digging deep boreholes and test pits to gather soil and rock samples.

These samples will provide valuable information about the ground conditions in the area and inform the design and construction of the project, which will bring more trains, more often to the Ballarat line.

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Project benefits

The number of people choosing to live in Melbourne's outer west is growing, with Melton one of Australia's fastest growing municipalities and Ballarat representing Victoria's third-most populated city.

The Ballarat Line Upgrade will enable much needed extra services in the morning and afternoon peak, and a train every 40 minutes off-peak for these growing communities, and all others along the rail corridor.

Passing loops will provide more ways for trains to pass each other, which will help services recover from unexpected delays more quickly, boosting reliability and punctuality.

The removal of five level crossings as part of the decommissioning of the Bungaree loop will improve safety for motorists and the local community.

The upgrade will also pave the way for future electrification of the line to Melton, creating a new metropolitan train line into the city.

Project delivery

The Ballarat Line Upgrade is being delivered by the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA).

MMRA has some of Australia's most experienced rail experts and is also delivering the Metro Tunnel, Victoria's biggest infrastructure project since the City Loop was built in the 1980s.

Together, the Ballarat Line Upgrade and the Metro Tunnel will enable future electrification of the line to Melton – creating a brand new metropolitan train line into the city.

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For more information about the Ballarat Line Upgrade, contact the project team:

Phone: 1800 551 927
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Page last reviewed on 3 May 2017

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