Moorabool Shire Council is advocating to the State Government to provide funding for a business case looking at key aspects of the Ballarat rail line.
Moorabool Mayor Cr Paul Tatchell and CEO Rob Croxford are joining other members of the Ballarat Rail Action Committee (BRAC) in ensuring the Ballarat Rail upgrades remain front and centre in politicians minds.
“The group has a good idea of the needs and challenges along the line, and we have identified the need for a business case for proposed future upgrades, on top of the $513 million works that are currently underway,” Cr Tatchell said.
“We would be looking at things such as the electrification to Melton and potentially Bacchus Marsh, quadruple tracks for V/Line and metro trains, and park and ride options at Warrenheip or Wallace.”
“At the moment, a submission is being made to the 2018/19 State Budget for a detailed business case on electrification to Melton.
“This business case will not only look at the possibility of electrification to Bacchus Marsh/Rowsley but implications for the whole line, and the measures needed to cope with growth issues in these areas.
“The metro tunnel needs to be completed in 2024 before electrification will be effective, but planning for this does need to start now.
“We don’t want to get caught up in the 59 minute train talk at the moment. What we need is a commitment from the State Government for this business case so the future of the line can be developed appropriately and with the best outcomes for our growing communities,” Cr Tatchell said.
Moorabool Shire Council will work closely with BRAC over the coming months to develop advocacy collateral to support their push to the State Government.