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Ballarat Line - June and July disruptions overview

17 Jun 2021

We know it's useful to know what's happening in advance, so we're giving you information to help you plan ahead.

The Ballarat Line continues to be impacted as V/Line upgrades Melton Station and delivers critical maintenance works, as part of the Victorian Government's economic response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Additionally, Victoria's Big Build continues works on the Metro Tunnel and level crossing removals, both critical projects in delivering better transport for tomorrow.

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Download the Ballarat Line June and July disruptions calendar (PDF) 1.2 MB

Ballarat Line June/July disruptions

Ballarat Line June/July disruptions
Works start Works finish Status
Tuesday 1 June  Evening services only
Friday 4 June Thursday 10 June Evening services only
Saturday 12 June Sunday 13 June First to last service
Monday 14 June Sunday 20 June Evening services only
Sunday 27 June Tuesday 29 June Evening services only
Saturday 3 July Sunday 4 July First to last service
Monday 5 July  Friday 16 July Evening services only
Saturday 17 July Sunday 25 July First to last service
Monday 26 July Saturday 31 July Evening services only

Frequently Asked Questions

The Ballarat line continues to be disrupted even after the Ballarat Line Upgrade was officially completed. Why couldn’t these works have been combined?

V/Line crews require access to the entire length of the line to safely and successfully complete major as well as monthly maintenance works. It is therefore not feasible to have multiple crews working on the line at the same time.

Also, the detailed preparation that is involved in planning maintenance means the works are scheduled up to 12 months in advance.

Why couldn’t the evening rail milling work that is currently taking place at night have been done during the recent major disruption which took place in April/May? 

The night works involve a special rail milling machine which requires the full length of the track. This machine removes rust and debris from the rail line, ensuring a smoother ride, reducing wear and tear on trains and keeping train detection systems working.

Why has the rail milling work been broken up into blocks of on-going night works rather than being done in one go?

The Ballarat line is 123km long, and rail milling is happening along large portions of the track so it takes some time for the rail milling machine to cover the distance required. Completing the works in the evenings in 8-night blocks minimises disruption to the majority of passengers on the Ballarat line and means that trains can run during peak periods during the day.

Why is the Ballarat line being disrupted by works taking place on the Metro Tunnel and the Sunbury Line Upgrade?

The Metro Tunnel and Sunbury Line Upgrade works are within metres of the dedicated V/Line tracks which carry V/Line trains to and from Melbourne and workers will need to operate machinery on top of the V/Line tracks which makes it unsafe for trains to run. 
Once completed, the Metro Tunnel will offer better connections for regional passengers travelling to and from Melbourne.