The first train tracks on the new crossing loop at Rowsley have been laid.
The kilometre-long loop will provide another point for trains to pass each other, which will help services recover from unexpected delays more quickly, boosting reliability and punctuality.
It will also allow for more trains in the future, to ensure services grow as communities along the Ballarat line grow.
The project will also upgrade the rail crossing at Rowsley Station Road. Boom gates will be installed, which will bolster the existing flashing lights, making it safer for motorists, passengers and the local community.
The laying of tracks and sleepers on the new crossing loop comes weeks after the Andrews Labor Government announced further train service restorations and added yet another carriage to Ballarat line services.
The carriage has been added to the 5:13pm service from Southern Cross – reducing congestion on the Ballarat line’s busiest service.
Since July, the Labor Government has added nine extra carriages to Ballarat line services, creating space for more than 1,000 extra passengers.
Quotes to be attributed to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
“It’s great to see the first tracks laid on this critical project, which will improve the reliability of Ballarat line services.”
“The new crossing loop will provide another point for trains to pass each other. This will help services recover from unexpected delays more quickly, meaning trains will turn up on time more often.”
“The project will also upgrade the Rowsley Station Road level crossing, installing boom gates to make it safer for motorists, passengers and the local community.”
“It’s been a tough few months for Ballarat line passengers. We recognise that, apologise for that, and are hard at work restoring services and investing in the infrastructure we need for better services in the future.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020