Works have begun to improve accessibility at Ballan train station in Victoria as part of the Ballarat Line Upgrade.
The upgrade also includes stations at Bacchus Marsh, Wendouree and Rockbank, as well as the construction of a new station at Toolern.
Preparatory works are underway, with included earthworks to prepare for the installation of the second track at the station, which aims to provide more services to be added to the line and increase reliability.
A second platform and accessible pedestrian overpass will be included in the Ballan Station upgrade, including an improved bus bay layout, bicycle storage, CCTV cameras and lighting.
The local community’s feedback indicated that convenient access was important, especially for the elderly and passengers with mobility aids and prams.
The overpass will include lifts and ramps to allow passengers to access both platforms.
More than 400,000 hours have been worked on the Ballarat Line Upgrade since the project began earlier this year.
The Ballarat Line is Victoria’s second business regional train line and the upgrade aims to provide extra services in the morning and afternoon peak, along with a train every 40 minutes off-peak.
“We’re getting on with real projects that will deliver a better station, easier access for all passengers and importantly, more frequent and reliable services on the line,” Victorian Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said.