Upgrades to Wendouree Station are in full swing with construction progressing well on the new pedestrian overpass, second platform and additional track to deliver better services for passengers.
Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison today visited Wendouree Station to view the newly installed pedestrian overpass, the fifth and final station overpass to be lifted into place as part of the half-a-billion-dollar Ballarat Line Upgrade.
The overpass was installed overnight earlier this month to minimise disruption to train services.
Work is continuing on construction including installing the stairs, ramps and lifts for the fully accessible overpass, which will link the existing platform with the new platform – also under construction as part of the station’s transformation.
In the coming months crews will lay a second track from Gillies Street to the west of the station. The new track will allow trains to pass each other, fixing the current problem that sees delayed services from Melbourne terminate at Ballarat and passengers forced onto replacement coaches.
The upgrade also includes improvements to security, lighting and landscaping in the station forecourt.
The new-look Rockbank Station will open on Monday following a complete rebuild, featuring two new sheltered platforms, an accessible pedestrian overpass, a new 350-space car park, CCTV and myki facilities.
The public can get a sneak peek at the station’s massive upgrade this Sunday 25 August at a community day to celebrate its reopening following a two-month station closure for construction.
Further disruption to services is anticipated as construction on the Ballarat Line Upgrade nears completion towards the end of the year and a staged commissioning phase begins. Passengers will be advised of any service changes well in advance.
The project will enable huge benefits for Ballarat Line passengers, including extra peak services and trains every 40 minutes off-peak for growing communities on the line.
“I’m pleased to see such great progress on the Wendouree Station upgrade, which help address the reliability issues for passengers in this growing community,” Ms Addison said.
“This upgrade means Wendouree passengers will soon have access to a station that’s safer, more comfortable and more accessible.”
“We’d like to thank passengers for their patience and support as we work to build a better Ballarat Line, which will deliver more frequent and reliable services for passengers.”