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« on: May 31, 2012, 08:38:13 AM »
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Ballarat rail sector gets jobs boost

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Ballarat rail sector gets jobs boost
BY TOM MCILROY
30 May, 2012 01:56 AM

BALLARAT’S rail manufacturing sector is set to benefit from 65 new jobs after the Victorian government announced the local production of seven X’Trapolis trains.

Victorian Treasurer Kim Wells and Minister for Regional Cities Denis Napthine made the announcement at rolling stock manufacturer Alstom’s Creswick Road workshop yesterday, and said the trains would feature more locally made components than previous models.

“The fit out of these trains will add jobs for people here at Alstom’s plant in Ballarat in addition to another 70 indirect jobs expected to be created as a result of this contract,’’ Mr Wells said.

“The trains will have more than 30 per cent local content, which is a great result for regional Victoria.’’

The French-owned company will invest $8 million to upgrade the historic Ballarat workshops, helping create trains for Melbourne’s metropolitan rail network which handles more than 800,000 trips every day.

Mr Wells said the purchase of seven new trains would add to Victoria’s existing fleet of X’Trapolis trains, which represents nearly a third of the state’s overall fleet.

Ballarat West MP Sharon Knight used the visit of four senior Baillieu government ministers to call for more allocations for Ballarat under the Regional Growth Fund.

Ms Knight said of the $80 million in infrastructure projects announced from the fund over 2011 and 2012, Ballarat had received only $5 million.

“Victorian Government allocations from the fund for infrastructure development has bypassed Ballarat with funds funnelled to smaller cities with National Party MPs. Ballarat is the second largest city in regional Victoria but the Baillieu government is choosing to provide four times as much funding to projects in Mildura than in Ballarat.”
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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2015, 03:10:44 AM »
Alstom --> Alstom delivers ahead of schedule new trains for Melbourne



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Alstom has delivered the latest batch of eight X’Trapolis[1]  for Melbourne’s suburban network to Public Transport Victoria (PTV) ahead of schedule. The trains, which have been tested at Alstom’s regional manufacturing centre in Ballarat, will provide a boost to the busy and growing suburban rail networks.

The new trains will expand the operating fleet of X’Trapolis trains to 82 trains, all of which have been delivered on time and on budget. The fleet has proven to be the most reliable and best performing trains on the Melbourne network. This delivery milestone follows an additional order for a further five X’Trapolis trains announced by the Victorian state government in March 2015, expected to start operating on the network by late 2016.

“Delivery of these latest trains highlights Alstom’s trusted local capabilities and excellence in project execution and delivery”, said Mark Coxon, Managing Director of Alstom Australia and New Zealand. He added:“The quality and reliability of these trains is testament to the dedication and skills of our team in Ballarat and those of our local suppliers.”

To be closer to its Australian customer and reinforce its local production, Alstom has increased the level of local content through the replacement of imported components with locally produced material. Application of advanced global technology, combined with local innovation, has ensured a more productive regional manufacturing centre and benchmarked the skills of the local workforce to international best practices.

[1] ordered by the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) in June 2013.
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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2016, 08:47:21 AM »
http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/ballarat-station-precinct-upgrade-on-track/

Ballarat Station Precinct Upgrade On Track

Minister for Regional Development

1 September 2016

The Andrews Labor Government’s $25 million investment to transform Ballarat Station took a major leap forward today, with the planning approval to deliver the project.

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne approved an amendment to the Ballarat Planning Scheme in response to recommendations from the Ballarat Station Precinct Advisory Committee and relevant agencies.

The project will transform the historic heart of the city into a vibrant, accessible and connected commercial community hub which will restore the prominence of the precinct’s key heritage.

The Labor Government’s investment will also provide a jobs boost for region with around 140 local jobs to be created. 

The project’s Structured Negotiation Phase (SNP) commenced earlier this month, following a two-staged commercial procurement process involving an Expressions of Interest and a Request for Proposal phase.

The proposed hotel and convention centre will include more than 100 hotel rooms, large flexible spaces for conferences and functions and a range of quality retail and dining options.

It’s estimated the project will cost over $50 million and attract significant private sector investment to the precinct, creating jobs and boosting tourism to the Ballarat region.

The project will also improve amenity for all users of the precinct, including commuters, pedestrians, visitors and the community.

The project is being delivered by Regional Development Victoria in partnership with VicTrack, City of Ballarat and the Transport division of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford

“This isn’t just a major redevelopment – it’s a transformational project for Ballarat that will inject a new lease of life in to our historic area. Most importantly, it’ll drive jobs and investment right in the heart of the region.”   

“The Ballarat Station precinct upgrade truly reflects our vision, putting the government back to work for regional Victorians.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight

“With this exciting project, Ballarat Station will be so much more than just a train station. Restored historical buildings, a four star hotel and new convention centre will boost jobs and ensure Ballarat remains a thriving regional hub.”
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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2016, 12:47:51 PM »
http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/ballarat-jobs-secured-with-new-train-order/

Ballarat Jobs Secured With New Train Order

Minister for Public Transport 12 September 2016

The Andrews Labor Government is securing the future of Ballarat manufacturing and boosting the capacity of Melbourne’s rail system.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan, Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight and Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard announced the order of nine new X’Trapolis trains from local manufacturer Alstom in Ballarat today.

19 six-car X’Trapolis trains have been ordered from local manufacturer Alstom since the Labor Government came to office – more than $300 million of work.

This new 54 carriage order is part of the Government’s long term strategy to create a pipeline of sustainable, local train and tram building and maintenance work around Victoria.

The Government’s Trains, Trams, Jobs: Rolling Stock Strategy puts an end to the ad-hoc procurement of trains and trams and gives certainty to companies and workers in the engineering and manufacturing industries.

The first train is expected to enter service in mid-2018, following the delivery of existing orders underway, with delivery of the ninth train expected in early 2019.

There will be a fleet of 101 X’Trapolis trains on Melbourne’s network once this work is completed.

The Victorian Budget 2016/17 provided $15 million towards refurbishing and converting the three train-sets of five carriages into four-train sets of four carriages on the Albury line.

This will improve reliability and improve the carriages to make them more comfortable for passengers.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

“We’re getting on with improving public transport, building the infrastructure we need like the Metro Tunnel and new trains, to keep Victoria moving.”

“We’re guaranteeing local jobs at Alstom in Ballarat and the broader supply chain in Victoria.”

Quotes attributable to the Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight

“I’m really proud of the quality of work the employees at Alstom’s Ballarat workshops turn out and of the contribution Alstom makes to our local community.”

“These nine new trains, built in Ballarat for Melbourne, secures local jobs for years to come.”

Quote attributable to the Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard

“Our pipeline of investment in trains and trams gives local workers certainty, boosts Ballarat’s economy and the capacity of Melbourne’s rail network.”
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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2016, 10:02:12 AM »
http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/transforming-ballarats-historic-station-precinct/

Transforming Ballarat’s Historic Station Precinct

Premier 29 November 2016

The Andrews Labor Government’s redevelopment of the Ballarat Station Precinct is on track with the Pellicano Group set to deliver regional Victoria’s newest conference centre and hotel facility.

Premier Daniel Andrews today joined Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford, Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight and Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard to announce the winning team to build the $44 million project, kick-starting the revitalisation of Ballarat’s historic station precinct and surrounding area.

The precinct will include:

    A modern 4.5 star 77 room hotel to be run by Quest
    1,700m2 conference centre, a 300-seat theatrette and a 300-seat banquet room within the Goods Shed
    900m2 of retail and dining options within the Goods Shed and a public plaza for community events
    420 car parks with 270 for commuters and 150 for hotel patrons, with scope for future expansion.

The Spotless Group will operate the conference facilities under their EPICURE brand and will focus on building an events base including exhibitions, performances, weddings, conventions, community events and galas.

Thanks to $25 million from the Labor Government’s Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, work is expected to start in the second half of 2017, with 140 jobs created during construction and 30 ongoing jobs once completed. Construction will be staged in such a way to minimise disruptions to local residents and commuters.

The concept plans are available for viewing and comment at www.engage.vic.gov.au until 22 January 2017. The community is also invited to an open day on Saturday 3 December at Ballarat Library from 12.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

Quote attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“Ballarat has a proud history and bright future. This is about putting people first and bringing more people to this great city – creating jobs and making this historic precinct something locals can be proud of.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford

“Without a doubt, this is one of the biggest projects in the history of Ballarat. We’re proud to deliver this redevelopment and revitalise the heart of the city while protecting its historical heritage and charm.”

Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight

“The historic station precinct at the heart of our city is falling apart. The Labor Government is cleaning up the site and delivering new investment to create jobs and write our city’s next great chapter.”

Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard

“This investment will ensure our station continues to thrive as an important transport hub, while securing new opportunities that deliver benefits to residents and visitors.”
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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2016, 12:00:30 PM »
The Courier --> New bus system from January 2017

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Planning for a new and improved bus system for Ballarat has been finalised, with the upgraded network to come into effect from January next year.

The announcement, as part of the state government’s $100 million Better Bus Networks program, was made by Wendouree MP Sharon Knight and Buninyong MP Geoff Howard outside the Bupa Ballarat nursing home in Delacombe on Friday.

The upgrade will streamline the network, reducing the number of routes from 19 to 15, while providing more frequent and extensive services at key locations such as Federation University and along Sturt Street.

All services will run through the Ballarat Railway Station.

It will be introduced in time for the introduction of the new V/Line timetable on Sunday, January 29, which also sees the addition of 10 extra weekly train services for Ballarat residents.

The upgrade will see CDC Buses, which will deliver the services, expand its driver force by 50 per cent with the addition of 30 new drivers and an apprentice.

Thirteen new buses, made in Dandenong, will also be added to the network.

The upgrade will be introduced in time for the introduction of the new V/Line timetable on Sunday, January 29.
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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2017, 09:04:16 AM »
http://www.ptua.org.au/2017/04/28/bus-interchange-ballarat/

PTUA Media Release

PTUA welcomes funding of bus interchange at Ballarat station

April 28, 2017

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) today welcomed the announcement of $5 million funding for the construction of a new bus interchange at Ballarat railway station, to be completed in 2018.

The bus interchange had been included in draft plans during public consultation, but notably was not funded in Ballarat Station Precinct works announced in December 2016.

PTUA Ballarat Branch Convener Ben Lever praised the decision to bring the construction of the bus interchange forward.

“Ballarat railway station is a key transport hub, and must remain so. The highest priority for the station precinct has to be public transport enhancements like the bus interchange.”

“While we still have questions about other aspects of the Ballarat Station Precinct plan, there can be no doubt that the funding of the bus interchange is a huge win for Ballarat commuters.”

“The interchange should allow easy transfers between buses and trains, making life a lot easier for those who currently take the bus. It should also help encourage people who currently drive to get out of their cars and take the bus to the station, reducing pressure on parking and reducing congestion on surrounding streets.”

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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2017, 02:45:05 PM »
https://twitter.com/VicGovtNews/status/884624403329302528
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« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2017, 08:11:30 AM »
https://twitter.com/ptua/status/894315167093108738
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« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2017, 04:11:25 PM »
The Courier --> Old rail maps show Ballarat's past

Some great photographs attached to this article > http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/4379772/rail-maps-our-lost-links/#slide=1


Closed lines: a map of Ballarat's railways lines and sidings in 1930. Map: courtesy Andrew Waugh @ http://www.vrhistory.com/

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As the state government and Public Transport Victoria reveal their new, multi-coloured map of our rail networks, it’s instructive to also consider many of the rail lines that have been lost in our region over time.

The new map, which bears a striking resemblance to the iconographic masterpiece designed for the London Underground by Harry Beck in 1931, shows Ballarat – or the Serviceton line as it’s properly known – as the junction for just two lines: one through Creswick terminating at Maryborough and another going out through Wendouree to Ararat.

But in 1930, there were several branch lines and sidings in the city, including stations or platforms at North Ballarat, Ballarat East, Cardigan, Dowling and Kopke.

Ballarat East was just beyond the gates at Humffray Street, and is now part of Bombardier.

There were also several siding lines in use to service factories such as the Phoenix Foundry, which supplied over 350 locomotives to the Victorian rail system; and even Selkirks brickworks.

There was also a direct connection to the saleyards, branching off at the Linton Junction onto the line that also once went to Skipton.

Many of these lines operated until relatively recently. The Skipton line existed until 1985, and the saleyards line going to Redan was still in existence in 1997.

The first rail line to Ballarat opened in April 1862. It came not from Melbourne but Geelong, and was soon extended through Maryborough to St Arnaud, and from Ararat to Horsham.

The line was built to a high standard, with double track provided throughout, bluestone station buildings at all of the initial stations, a number of bluestone bridges for roads that crossed the line, and the substantial Moorabool Viaduct.

The line remained the only rail route from Ballarat to Melbourne until 1889, when the Melbourne to Ballarat was opened. By 1900 the greatest part of the state’s railways were completed, including the extensive lines around Ballarat itself.

Today only a few vestiges of Ballarat’s once great steel network can be seen.

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« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2017, 08:54:14 AM »
https://twitter.com/ballaratcourier/status/910607609203486720
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« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2018, 01:44:43 PM »
https://twitter.com/TSVsafety/status/947996520015523841
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« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2018, 04:41:15 PM »
So, a push is on for a sub one-hour rail journey between Ballarat and Melbourne.  Good luck to them.

Ballarat is 116km from Melbourne and the rail journey currently takes 1hr 18min.

Yandina is 115km from Brisbane (Sunshine Coast Line) and the rail journey takes 2hrs 4min.

And only two return services a day.

Hummm

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« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2018, 06:37:15 PM »
So, a push is on for a sub one-hour rail journey between Ballarat and Melbourne.  Good luck to them.

Ballarat is 116km from Melbourne and the rail journey currently takes 1hr 18min.

Yandina is 115km from Brisbane (Sunshine Coast Line) and the rail journey takes 2hrs 4min.

And only two return services a day.

Hummm
Potential patronage falls of a cliff beyond Nambour though...

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« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2018, 07:28:07 PM »
My thoughts when writing my post were around track duplication to Nambour, abt 100 kilometres from Brisbane. Nambour requires a Master Plan redevelopment by Sunshine Coast Council, but all its focus is going into the new Maroochydore CBD -- a town centre for the Sunshine Coast.

A shuttle train could service stations Nambour-Gympie, on single track with longer passing loops and some realignment, but Beerburrum-Nambour duplication before any track work beyond Nambour.  And shuttles will have to wait until we have more drivers, and probably more trains.

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« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2018, 08:02:27 PM »
Probably would be better if the Beerwah-Caloundra spur is constructed, with Interchange at Caloundra for the Light Rail.  Shuttles to operate between Beerwah (with 3 Platforms) and Gympie North, so to not take up slots to the City.

Basically all existing Caboolture and Nambour/Gympie trains would be sent to terminate at Caloundra, with the Caboolture short-runners during peak originating out of the Elimbah yard. 

The Caboolture East Yard & Nambour yards would be sold off for TODs, as they would be basically replaced with Elimbah and Woombye respectively. 

The Caboolture West yard would be preserved for the Wamuran corridor as a long-term view for expansion, with the tracks in the Caboolture West yard kept for immediate breakdowns or network disruptions which may require trains to be stabled should there be no space at Elimbah.
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« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2018, 08:09:22 AM »
The express services to ballarat only take 68 minutes.  Very impressive considering its done with a DMU and has such a decent climb.  Its the fastest rail service in the nation by a long way.

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« Reply #17 on: January 03, 2018, 08:21:31 AM »
VLocity trains are great.  Bombardier too by the way ...

Had a trip to Gippsland when I was down in the Melbourne.  I always manage at least one journey on a Vlocity when in Melbourne.
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« Reply #18 on: January 03, 2018, 09:17:35 AM »
They are great.  Proof that bombardier are not the ones to blame for our NGR saga.  Only fault I can find on the velocities are the seats on the early models.  Perfect for sleeping, terrible for anything else. 

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« Reply #19 on: January 03, 2018, 09:34:07 AM »
Yo.  I had a meeting with a Bombardier rep c. 2009 because they were interested in promoting 3' 6" versions of Vlocity DMUs for Queensland.  Sadly of course that didn't get anywhere within the bureaucracy here in Queensland.
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« Reply #20 on: January 03, 2018, 09:37:52 AM »
^Will miss the comfort of the ICE train seats when the ICE sets go.

 :fx :fx Fast regional rail to Beaudesert, Toowoomba, Maryborough  :fx :fx

The beauty of Victoria, however, is its size and population density. To travel outside SEQ, essentially, requires a pith helmet and machete.

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« Reply #21 on: January 03, 2018, 10:25:07 AM »
To travel outside SEQ, essentially, requires a pith helmet and machete.

 :-r :-r :-r

We are doing a road trip in June. Brisbane -> Charleville -> Winton -> Townsville -> Brisbane. I'll make sure I pack some  :P

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« Reply #22 on: January 03, 2018, 09:44:42 PM »
To travel outside SEQ, essentially, requires a pith helmet and machete.
We are doing a road trip in June. Brisbane -> Charleville -> Winton -> Townsville -> Brisbane. I'll make sure I pack some  :P
You'll need a real decent helmet and machete for self defence reasons if travelling out that way.  Them dinosaurs out at winton can attack at anytime.  Along with some of the other feral creatures you find in outback australia. 


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« Reply #23 on: June 25, 2018, 11:47:05 AM »
The Courier --> Ballarat could become maintenance hub if western rail returns

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Ballarat could become the home of single gauge rail maintenance in Western Victoria if passenger services were returned to Horsham and Hamilton, according to a leading train lobby group.

Eight councils throughout Western Victoria are ramping up their lobbying efforts to reinstate passenger services into the state’s west.   

If given the green light, the trains would travel to Ballarat before continuing on towards Southern Cross.  The $369 million project would require the standardisation of 88 kilometres of broad gauge track between Ballarat and Ararat.

While the VLocity fleet is serviced at Ballarat East, West Melbourne and at the Bombardier plant at Dandenong, there is no dedicated facility for maintenance of standard gauge trains. 

Rail Futures Institute secretary Dr Bill Russell said the Ballarat East facility could be adjusted in the short-term to service the standard gauge trains, but a dedicated facility would be required long-term.

“If those services (to Horsham and Hamilton) are committed to it’d bring forward the need (for a new maintenance facility) by some years,” Dr Russell said.  “Creating Ballarat as a standard gauge hub makes sense.”

A block in the Ballarat West Employment Precinct has been earmarked as the potential site for train stabling, however its development would require state or federal funding.

While no firm figures exist around the workshop’s cost, Dr Russell estimated it could cost up to $200 million.

A 2017 feasibility study commissioned by the councils recommended returning the services between 2021 and 2026, with four return services from Horsham on weekdays and three from Hamilton.

The study stated “it is almost certain that new maintenance capacity will be needed” if passenger trains were to return to Horsham and Hamilton.

City of Ballarat mayor Samantha McIntosh backed the push, saying “if the regions are prospering then so are we”. 

“To be the capital of country Victoria we need to be able to provide appropriate infrastructure to the regions,” Cr McIntosh said.

The Coalition has pledged to spend $4 million developing a business case for the Western Rail Project should it win November’s election.  Speaking to Fairfax Media in April, Lowan MP Emma Kealy said “there needs to be investment put into public transport in regional towns to support population growth and decentralisation”.

However the government is yet match the commitment.  In a statement a government spokesperson said “we’re continuing to work with communities in the west of the state to develop localised solutions for their transport needs”.
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« Reply #24 on: June 27, 2018, 11:56:10 AM »
https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/untangling-freight-and-passenger-rail-in-ballarat/

Untangling Freight And Passenger Rail In Ballarat

Minister for Public Transport 27 June 2018

The Andrews Labor Government has unveiled details of the $130 million program to untangle the Ballarat rail network and provide faster and more reliable freight paths from the Murray Basin region to the ports.

The Freight-Passenger Rail Separation Project will deliver a number of track and signalling improvements which were not included in the original Murray Basin Rail Project, as well as providing the infrastructure to support future increases in passenger rail.

The project will:

    Untangle congested rail pathways through the Ballarat station precinct – separating broad-gauge passenger services from standard-gauge freight services
    Remove the Armstrong Street Bridge single track bottleneck, duplicating one kilometre of track between Ballarat Station and North Ballarat Junction and improve the track layout through the Ballarat rail corridor
    Ensure a minimum of 42 weekly return freight paths from the Murray Basin region through Ballarat, with the ability to increase to 65 if required via the Ararat and Maryborough loop
    Reduce the number of signalling systems on the Ballarat corridor and upgrade the 1970’s Ballarat signalling system to fit for purpose
    Allow greater line speed for freight services within the Ballarat rail corridor by improving track geometry and the removal of congestion points
    Provide for the future uplift of passenger services including a fifth daily V/Line service to Ararat, pave the way for additional services to Maryborough and retain the dual-gauge connection between Maryborough and Dunolly to allow future passenger rail to Dunolly

Rail Projects Victoria will work with Transport for Victoria and V/Line to seek feedback from the freight industry as its finalises the project.

Stage two of the Murray Basin Rail Project is largely complete, with freight trains running between Yelta and Maryborough, and between Maryborough and Ararat on a standard gauge line, enabling freight trains to carry more produce to ports.

Speed restrictions on the Yelta to Maryborough line will be lifted by the end of June, enabling trains to run at up to 80 km/h, reducing train travel times by up to one hour.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

“We’re continuing our unprecedented investment in regional rail infrastructure and investing in works to remove a major bottleneck in the Ballarat area to improve efficiencies between rail passenger and freight train operations.

“The Freight-Passenger Rail Separation Project will ensure that we maximise the benefits of the Murray Basin Rail Project and the Ballarat Line Upgrade – that means more passenger services in the future and dedicated pathways for freight to the ports.”
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