VICTORIAN Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan last week released the Request for Proposal (RFP) to build the $518 million Ballarat Line Upgrade project, which will deliver improved services for Ballarat, Melton and Melbourne's west.
The half-a-billion dollar upgrade will duplicate a 17-kilometre section of single track between Deer Park West and Melton, paving the way for future electrification of the line to Melton.
The project will also duplicate a three kilometre section of track east of Warrenheip, build new crossing loops and create new train stabling at Melton and Rowsley to support more frequent, reliable services.
Second platforms will be built at Bacchus Marsh and Ballan stations, and the existing platforms at Rockbank Station will be extended so passengers can use each carriage to get on or off the train.
Major construction on the Ballarat Line Upgrade will start early next year, with the project to be complete by late 2019.