Labor Government wins fight to upgrade rail to Ararat and Maryborough

The Andrews Government has secured the money Victoria is owed by the Federal Government and deliver more frequent, reliable services to Ararat and Maryborough.

The Commonwealth has confirmed that they will provide Victoria the almost $1.5 billion it is owed through the Asset Recycling Initiative for the Regional Rail Revival package announced as part of the Victorian Budget in May.

Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, said the investment will ensure the $39 million Stage 2 of the Ballarat line upgrade to go ahead.

“The project will deliver new stabling, as well as track and signalling upgrades, which will enable extra services to Ararat, improve freight movements and pave the way for even more passenger services in the future,” Ms Pulford said.

“We promised to deliver these upgrades and now we’ve secured the funding,” she said.

“This is the biggest investment in rail for this region in decades, and will mean more frequent, reliable services and for Ararat and Maryborough,” Ms Pulford said.

“The Labor Government and the community fought hard for this funding and now we have it, we can get on with delivering these long-awaited improvements for local passengers,” she said.

The investment secured by the Labor Government will also fund Stage 1 of the Ballarat Line Upgrade already underway.

The project will duplicate 18 kilometres of single track between Deer Park West and Melton, install extra passing loops, and build new stabling, station platforms and car parking.

The funding announcement comes just a month ahead of a new V/Line timetable that will deliver 24 extra services every week for Ararat.

With funding now secured, the Labor Government will get on with planning and delivering these major upgrades, which will deliver better services for passengers in Ararat, Maryborough and across regional Victoria.