06 Aug 2015
Committee for Ballarat officially launched its FastTrack task team objectives at the Ballarat Railway station in September 2012. In representations made to successive State Government's, we have repeatedly advocated for major investment to the Ballarat line. This includes additional rolling stock, more passing loops, a second platform at Bacchus Marsh to improve scheduling, electrification of a separate Melton- Melbourne section, a feasibility study into the duplication of the Ballarat – Melbourne line and reliable mobile connectivity for commuters.
Whilst the Regional Rail Link was envisaged to be the silver bullet for regional rail there is quite obviously a number of teething problems being experienced particularly by our local Ballarat commuters. As the Premier has acknowledged the frustrations being experienced by fewer carriages, extreme over-crowding, timetable changes and delays is simply not good enough. We all agree!!
However, we must not let these immediate and extremely frustrating issues overshadow the opportunity we have to influence government policy and set our priorities for our regional public transport services, infrastructure and investment over the next 20 years.
Action is needed now to deliver a more frequent, reliable and faster commuter rail service to cater for the demands of our growing population and Committee's priorities will be fed into the Development Planning process. A masterplan to guide future infrastructure investment is critically important as we strive for ultimate duplication.
The above is an excerpt of an opinion piece by Committee for Ballarat Chair, Judy Verlin AM. You can view the full piece here.
Click here to view a summary of the work of our FastTrack Ballarat task team
Click here to watch a video on our Fast rail & FastTrack journey