A new story about the Ballarat line upgrades that will have an impact on the commuters of Bacchus Marsh:
Brimbank council is calling for the Ballarat Line upgrade project to include electrification of the line to Melton and the removal of three grade separations.
The $518 million state-government funded upgrade will duplicate 18 kilometres of track between Deer Park west and Melton allowing more train services to run.
Stations west of Brimbank such as Rockbank, Bacchus Marsh and Ballan will also be improved and new passing loops built.
But the council wants to fast track the electrification of the line to fit in with the upgrade project.
It says electrification of the line now would allow it to be connected to the metropolitan train network when the Metro Tunnel Project is complete and would help reduce any “negative impacts” of the current works.
The council also wants level crossings at Fitzgerald Road, Sunshine West; Station Road, Deer Park; and Robinsons Road, Deer Park removed.