Current works

Works are underway for the Ballarat Line Upgrade:

Changes to your train services

Works on the Ballarat Line Upgrade are underway and on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February we need to replace V/Line train services with coaches to continue earthworks and safety fence installation along the line. V/Line is also completing maintenance works at the same time. Normal services will return from the first train on Monday 26 February. Thanks for your patience.

Saturday 24 February

Coaches will replace trains between Southern Cross Station and Ballarat, Wendouree and Maryborough. Services between Ararat and Wendouree will run as trains, connecting with coaches between Wendouree and Southern Cross Station.

Sunday 25 February

Coaches will replace trains between Southern Cross Station, Ballarat and Wendouree. Trains will run between Ararat and Ballarat, and Maryborough and Ballarat, connecting with coaches between Ballarat and Southern Cross Station.

Please allow an extra 45 minutes travel time.

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To plan your journey:

Caroline Springs station - Melton, February 2018

What we are doing

Geotechnical investigations

Geotechnical investigations will help us to gain a greater understanding of local ground conditions. This involves ground drilling using small truck mounted or tracked drilling rigs and excavators to obtain rock and soil samples.

Locating underground services

Using non-destructive digging techniques such as high-pressure water and vacuum to safely remove soil that is found around underground services, or using CCTV cameras to determine their internal condition.

Utility relocation

Installing conduits within the rail corridor to ensure vital rail signalling services remain operational during rail duplication.

Access track improvements

This enables workers and equipment to move freely along the rail corridor.

Major earthworks

For rail track formation in areas where safety fencing has been installed.

Construction fencing

To be installed at Rockbank station and Melton station.

Gate and sign installation

For the safety of workers at level crossings

Vegetation removal

Removing low value trees and shrubs. No significant trees will be removed for the above works.

Surveying

For rail duplication designs.

What to be aware of

  • Trucks, light vehicles, machinery and workers near level crossings and within the rail corridor.
  • Low levels of dust and noise are expected to be generated while the geotechnical testing, non-destructive digging and earthworks are taking place. Where necessary, water carts will be used to minimise dust.
  • Access to residences and businesses will be maintained at all times.
  • Access for pedestrians and vehicles across public paths and open space will be maintained at all times.
  • No impacts to existing services to your property are expected.
  • Traffic management will be used to direct traffic and pedestrians safely around the work sites. Please obey any signage on site.
  • All works are subject to approvals and we will notify residents and businesses if there are any significant changes to the program.

Traffic impacts

  • These works will require traffic management changes, including temporary speed reductions and lane reductions at the following locations:
    • Hopkins Road level crossing
    • Troups Road North level crossing
    • Leakes Road level crossing
    • Paynes Road level crossing
    • Mount Cottrell Road level crossing
    • Ferris Road level crossing
    • Creek Street and Brooklyn Road
    • Exford Road level crossing
  • Temporary changes to parking in Rockbank throughout February ahead of major changes to parking in March as part of the station upgrade.
  • Other local roads may be impacted by the works, and traffic controllers may be required during working hours adjacent to working areas.
  • Where applicable, the works will be scheduled outside of peak travel times to minimise the impacts to road users.

When

Works will be carried out during normal working hours: 7am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday.

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Maddingley, 18 December 2017 - February 2018

What we are doing

From 18 December, surveying and underground service location works will commence at key sites near the future Maddingley stabling facilities.

  • On foot surveying is required along Kerrs Road and Osborne Street. The results will inform planning and design to enable the connection of utilities and services to the future Maddingley stabling facilities. Construction of new utilities and services will only be carried out as major works, which are expected to commence in early 2018.
  • Locating underground services will enable us to protect or relocate these services during construction to minimise impacts to local residents.
  • This activity will involve non-destructive digging techniques such as high-pressure water and vacuum to safely remove soil that is found around underground services, or locating access pits and using CCTV cameras to determine their internal condition.

What to be aware of

  • Trucks, light vehicles, machinery and workers near level crossings, on local roads and within the rail corridor.
  • Minor vegetation removal within the rail corridor to enable access to existing services.
  • Low levels of dust and noise are expected to be generated while the non-destructive digging is taking place. Where necessary, water carts will be used for dust suppression.
  • The sites will be reinstated once all works are complete.
  • Access to residences and businesses will be maintained at all times.
  • No impacts to existing services to your property are expected.
  • No impacts to train services are expected.
  • Traffic management will be used to direct traffic and pedestrians safely around the work sites. Please obey any signage on site.

Traffic impacts

  • These works will require traffic management changes, including temporary speed and lane reductions at and around the following locations:
    • Osborne Street level crossing, and along the street itself
    • Kerrs Road level crossing, and along the road itself
  • Traffic controllers may be required during working hours adjacent to working areas
  • Where applicable, the works will be scheduled outside of peak travel times to minimise the impacts to road users
  • Vehicle and cyclist access will be maintained at all times on local roads.

When

Works will be carried out during normal working hours: 7am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday

Works will not be undertaken between 24 December and 1 January inclusive.

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Site investigations – ongoing

We are currently conducting geotechnical, ecological and noise investigations along the rail corridor. These investigations will not disrupt services.

Around 350 geotechnical investigations have been completed along the rail line. The investigations include nearly 90 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.

Further site investigations including geotechnical drilling, service locating and ecological assessments will inform the project's detailed design.

Completed works

For a list of work that has been finished, visit our completed works page.