Brimbank City Council has welcomed the Labor Party’s election commitment for better rail services to Brimbank, Melton and along the Ballarat train line as outlined in its Western Rail Plan.
Brimbank Mayor, Cr Margaret Giudice said Council had been actively advocating for improved rail infrastructure and services in Brimbank and along the Ballarat train line for some time.
“We’ve been calling for increased capacity to carry more passengers on the Ballarat line; for the electrification of the Ballarat train line from Southern Cross to Melton; and for grade separations at existing level crossings in Deer Park and Sunshine West.
“The Western Rail Plan will go some way towards addressing a number of our concerns with future investment flagged to increase service capacity between Sunshine and the CBD, to build two new electrified metropolitan train lines through the west including to Melton, and fast rail to regional cities in western Victoria.
“Trains along the Ballarat rail line between Melton and the City are already at or near capacity – with overcrowding on peak trains.
“Building a new train line to Melton and increasing capacity from the CBD to Sunshine will mean faster and more frequent services for communities along this corridor.
“Separation of regional and metropolitan trains on the Ballarat line will also increase capacity to meet booming demand,” Cr Giudice said.
Current projections forecast that Regional Rail Link will reach capacity by 2022.
Geelong and Ballarat rail lines converge at Deer Park, which means there is a limit on the total number of services that can currently be run between Southern Cross and Ballarat and Geelong.