Extra services for Ararat and Beaufort passengers

The Andrews Government is making it even easier for Ararat and Beaufort passengers to travel to Melbourne and Ballarat by delivering an additional 19 weekday and weekend services from 27 August.

Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, today announced the new V-Line timetable, with the new services giving passengers easier access to work, school and events in Melbourne.

A new weekday morning service will depart Ararat Station at 6:18am and will be an off-peak fare, connecting with a Melbourne bound train at Ballarat and arriving at Southern Cross before 9:00am.

The timetable also includes a new weekday afternoon service departing Ararat Station at 2.49pm, connecting with a Melbourne-bound train at Ballarat, while the 2.16pm weekday service from Southern Cross to Wendouree will be extended to Ararat.

Four new weekend services will be added with the 11:08am train from Ararat Station on Saturdays and 11:15am on Sundays, to connect with a Melbourne-bound train at Wendouree. These additional weekend services will make it easier for people to get to the footy, events, shopping and visiting family and friends.

The 12:16pm weekend train from Southern Cross to Wendouree will also be extended to Ararat, giving people the opportunity to arrive home earlier in the day.

Ms Pulford said the new timetable will vastly improve train services for local residents.

“We’re giving Ararat line passengers extra morning and weekday services, giving them more travel options to get to Ballarat and Melbourne,” she said.

“Whether people want to get to Melbourne for work, a medical appointment, to attend the footy or visit loved ones, the extra services on the Ararat line will make it easier for passengers,” Ms Pulford said.

Ararat passengers will also benefit from the Victorian and Federal Government’s Regional Rail Revival, with $555.6 million committed for the Ballarat, Ararat and Maryborough lines.

This includes $518 million for Ballarat Line Upgrade, which is already underway and an extra $39 million for stage two of the project to deliver better services for Ararat and Maryborough.

The times of coaches and buses that connect with V/Line trains will also be adjusted to reflect the new timetable. There will be changes to arrival and departure times of coaches to and from Nhill, Dimboola, Horsham, Ararat, and Halls Gap.

Timetables are now available from www.vline.com.au/27august.

Passengers will be able to pick up printed timetables from stations and plan their trip using the Plan a Journey tool on the V-Line website from Thursday 27 July.