Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Ballarat Rail Line Upgrade Stage 1

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Transport Mode:Rail
Expected Start/Finish:Early 2018 - Early 2021
Estimated Project Cost:$601,200,000
Australian Government Contribution:$503,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Ballarat City Council,Brimbank City Council,Moorabool Shire Council,Melton City Council
Corridor:Melbourne Urban

Project Description

The project delivered more trains and improved reliability for Melbourne's outer western suburbs, Melton, Bacchus Marsh, Ballan and Ballarat.


The project provided upgrades to support extra services in the morning and afternoon peak, plus a train approximately every 40 minutes in the off-peak period.


The Australian Government and Victorian Government have committed up to $601.2 million to this project.


The project commenced in February 2018 and the main construction components were completed at the end of 2019, with final works undertaken throughout 2020, and the new timetable officially commencing on 31 January 2021.

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Project details last updated: 19/09/2022