Bacchus Marsh could find itself at the end of the Metro rail line if a push from advocacy group Ballarat Rail Action Committee is successful.
The committee, which is made up of representatives from councils along the Ballarat V/Line route, is pushing to have the rail corridor to Bacchus Marsh electrified by the end of 2026.
At a meeting earlier this month Moorabool Shire Council voted in principle to support the push, however mayor Paul Tatchell said the regional group needed to ensure electrification would lead to the best outcomes for Bacchus Marsh commuters.
“In my view unless the trains run express (from Bacchus Marsh to Melbourne) then commuters will actually be delayed (on an electrified service),” Cr Tatchell said. “We would only be interested in electrification if it gave us more trains and greater efficiency.”
While electrification into the west is yet to receive funding, Premier Daniel Andrews gave his clearest indication yet in a speech last November when he said work on a Melbourne Airport rail link would begin before 2026, which would allow Metro and regional lines to be separated.
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