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We are delighted to share that work has begun to duplicate the rail line between Deer Park and Caroline Springs, and great news for Woodlea residents as the current platforms at Rockbank station will be extended and a sealed car park will also be built. The work is set to begin next year and be completed in 2019. Read below the full article featured on theage.com.au
Work has begun to duplicate the rail line between Deer Park and Caroline Springs, making way for an upgrade to the Ballarat corridor that is designed to improve regional and metropolitan train services.
The work coincides with the construction of the new Caroline Springs railway station - built to accommodate booming population growth in Melbourne's outer west. It is scheduled to open next year.
The Andrews government has allocated more than $500 million to upgrade the Ballarat line. The work is set to begin next year and be completed in 2019.
Under the Ballarat line upgrade, the track will be duplicated down to Melton. An additional three kilometres of single track will also be built west of Warrenheip.
Melton has been forced to rely on a single-track line with a V/Line service that has been overwhelmed by demand from the surrounding population.
In February The Age revealed that Public Transport Victoria had bid for funds to duplicate the line from Melton to Deer Park to enable an increase in train services.
Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said the "transformation" of the Ballarat train corridor would provide more reliable and frequent services to Melbourne's western suburbs, Melton and regional stops along the Ballarat line.
The Ballarat line upgrade includes three additional "crossing loops" at Bacchus Marsh, Ballan and Bungaree. They will allow trains to pass each other and help avoid severe congestion caused by unexpected delays.
New stabling will also be built at Melton and Rowsley to house extra carriages while second platforms will be added to Bacchus Marsh and Ballan stations.
At Rockbank station the current platforms will be extended and a sealed car park will also be built. There are no delays expected as a result of the current works, although some replacement buses are expected for the broader Ballarat line upgrade.
Thank you for all the fun & creative suggestions to name team Woodlea at Run for the Kids 2019 - we were overwhelmed with so many fantastic names! It wasn't an easy decision to make BUT...Congratulations to Saurabh Madhura who is the winner with WOODLEA JOGGERNAUTS!
It's getting to the end of school holidays & if you weren't running out of ideas to keep your kids entertained, you're a super parent! Check out the below calendar of events (mostly FREE) that the City of Melton have put together - there's a something for all ages & even some that the older kids will enjoy.
Calling ALL RESIDENTS! We want you to help us, change the future of Woodlea...keep an eye on your inbox for more info to come.
We're sponsoring RUN FOR THE KIDS 2019 & to kick start your training we’re giving away a pair of the latest edition Nike Running Shoes valued over $200!! To enter, simply tell us what we should name 'Team Woodlea' & tag three of your buddies you'd like to run with, to help raise money for the Royal Children's Hospital. Winning team name will be announced 21 Jan! Herald Sun / Transurban Run for the Kids
COMPETITION TIME! We're giving away a pair of New Release Nike running shoes to kick start your training for the Herald Sun / Transurban Run for the Kids. To enter, simply tell us what we should name 'Team Woodlea' & tag three of your buddies you'd like to run with to help raise money for the Royal Children's Hospital. Winning team name will be announced 21 Jan!
Is there a particular Community Group you would like to see at Woodlea? We want everyone to have the opportunity to feel connected & engaged, not only in their community but with the people within it. We'd love to hear your ideas - find out more below.