This project is focused on improving train travel between Ballarat and Melbourne for current users and future-proofing our rail service through early planning and subsequent interventions by successive state governments. We are concerned about current service inadequacies, the fast-growing pressure on our service and the lack of long-term planning to match the projected increase in demand.
For news and updates on our current work on this project, please see our latest news section
Duplication of the Ballarat to Melbourne line
The importance of the rail link for the region’s economic and social prosperity cannot be overstated. It not only provides a link to Melbourne for our residents and businesses, it equally provides the opportunity for those in Melbourne and centres such as Melton to travel to Ballarat for business, education and tourism. While the Regional Rail Link project makes future provision for the electrification of a dedicated line from Southern Cross Station to Melton, this is still approximately 10–15 years away. We acknowledge that the duplication of the rail line is a costly infrastructure project, but believe it is one that could be staged over the next 30 years. We will continue to put pressure on the state government to start planning for this project.
Regional Rail Link Project
While we acknowledge and welcome the early completion of this $4.2 billion project in April 2015 that provides dedicated regional rail and metro rail lines between Ballarat and Southern Cross Station, the promised benefits have not yet been realised for Ballarat commuters, and there are significant issues to address to fix this. We will continue to put pressure on the state government to deliver the benefits promised, specifically shorter travel time and more reliable service and more peak services for regional lines.
Chair: Nick Beale (ODP Associates). Members: Angela Carey (Fairfax Media), Tony Chew (Community Member), Torben Fink-Jensen (Alstom), Daniel Moloney (Grounded Communications), Janet Dore (Chair Committee for Ballarat), Rodney Walton (Haymes), Melanie Robertson (CEO Committee for Ballarat), Committee for Ballarat Secretariat Support