Ballarat V/Line rail service
|Ballarat railway line, Victoria|
|Tracks||Double track to Deer Park West, single track with loops beyond.|
|Rolling stock||Sprinter and VLocity railcars,
locomotive hauled H type carriages
|Rail transport in Victoria|
- This article is about the V/Line service. For the railway itself see Serviceton railway line
The Ballarat service is the third busiest in Victoria (behind Geelong and Bendigo) carrying approximately 3 million passengers annually.
In November 2004 then Premier of Victoria Steve Bracks announced that the line would be renamed the Eureka Line to mark the 150th anniversary of the Eureka uprising. Due to take effect from late 2005 at the same time as the renaming of Spencer Street Station to Southern Cross Station, the renaming was criticised by groups such as the Public Transport Users Association, and was never carried out.
In 2006, the construction of a new station was announced. Named Wendouree station, it is west of Ballarat station on the Ararat line. The station was opened by the Premier John Brumby and Minister for Transport Lynne Kosky on Sunday, 9 May 2009, with 14 weekly services at the station. In December 2008 as part of the Victorian Transport Plan the state government announced that V/Line rail passenger services would be extended from Ballarat to Maryborough station, commencing in 2010 at a cost of $50 million.
V/Line operates hourly passenger services along the line. During peak hour some services originate and terminate at Bacchus Marsh. Passengers on the inner section of the line between Melbourne and Melton are permitted to use Myki tickets to access the services.
Services to Ballarat and Ararat are operated primarily with VLocity DMUs, while peak-hour trains to Bacchus Marsh are operated with locomotive-hauled trains, using H type carriages hauled by N, P or A class locomotives.
The majority of the line is single track, with the exception of:
- double track between Melbourne, Sunshine and Deer Park West.
- a short crossing loop at Rockbank.
- a short crossing loop at Melton station.
- Parwan Loop, between Melton and Bacchus Marsh stations, located before the descent into Bacchus Marsh.
- Bank Box Loop, between Bacchus Marsh and Ballan stations, located atop the Werribee Gorge.
- a long crossing loop at Bungaree, between Ballan and Ballarat. The two tracks take different routes, one being the original line via Bungaree, the other being a new deviation built as part of the Regional Fast Rail project.
FastTrack Ballarat Campaign
In September 2012, the Committee for Ballarat launched its FastTrack Ballarat campaign to improve services on the line. To achieve this, the campaign is advocating for:
- a second platform at Bacchus Marsh station.
- duplication and possible electrification of the Melton-Melbourne section.
- a passing loop near Ballan.
- re-duplication of the Ballarat-Warrenheip section.
- a feasibility study for duplicating the entire Ballarat-Melbourne line.
- at least three peak services per hour.
- at least two off-peak services per hour.
- additional late night services.
- reliable Wi-Fi connectivity for the entire journey.
Bold stations are termini, italic stations are staffed at least part-time.
|Ballarat V/Line rail service with Regional Rail Link|
From 16 July 2014, V-Line Ballarat, Ararat and Maryborugh lines will cease North Melbourne Station as part of Regional Rail Link projects.
- Quinlan, Kim. Three million ride Ballarat trains The Courier. 14 Dec, 2010
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- "PTUA News". Public Transport Users Association. December 2004. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
- "BALLARAT TO GET A SECOND TRAIN STATION". Media Release: OFFICE OF THE PREMIER. www.dpc.vic.gov.au. September 8, 2006. Retrieved 2008-08-25.[dead link]
- "V/Line News: Future stops for Wendouree Station announced". www.vline.com.au. 15 Sep 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-15.
- DANIELLE PERKINS (3/06/2008). "Train station runs late". The Courier. thecourier.com.au. Archived from the original on 26 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
- "Maryborough Rail Extension Projects". Victorian Transport Plan. www4.transport.vic.gov.au. Archived from the original on 26 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-08.[dead link]
- V/Line Regional Network and Access. "Train Operating Data: Southern Cross to Ararat". www.vline.com.au. Retrieved 2013-02-22.
- "FastTrack Ballarat". Committee for Ballarat. Retrieved 2013-02-22.
- Nolan, Pat (2012-09-13). "FastTrack Ballarat: push to improve rail service". Ballarat Courier. Retrieved 2013-02-22.