FROM Saturday November 9 to Sunday December 1 there will be a major construction blitz for the half-a-billion-dollar Ballarat Line Upgrade.
Coaches will replace trains for all of the journey between Ballarat and Wendouree stations and Southern Cross Station.
Work over the 23 days will involve track duplication and continued work on station upgrades at Wendouree, Ballan and Bacchus Marsh, and the new station at Cobblebank.
This will enable construction to be completed on the Ballarat Line Upgrade by the end of the year.
Read more: Golden Gateway Festival king is named
Some of the anticipated benefits of the project include more comfortable, accessible stations and improved parking.
The end of construction will be followed by a commissioning phase, including critical safety testing and driver training, prior to new services being introduced in 2020.
There will also be services changes on the Ballarat line fromSaturday October 19 to Thursday October 24, with coaches replacing trains for all or part of the journey so that V/Line can carry out complex track renewal works at Southern Cross Station.
The Ballarat Line Upgrade team will also take the opportunity to complete work on the track at the Hopkins Road level crossing in Rockbank during this time.
Read more: Banding together for pipe band history
The Hopkins Road level crossing will be closed to traffic from Saturday October 19 to Tuesday October 22, and motorists are asked to follow the detours in place.
Please allow extra travel time while these works are underway.
For details of service changes and to plan your journey, please visit vline.com.au or call 1800 800 007.
The Ballarat Line Upgrade will enable much-needed extra peak services and trains every 40 minutes in the off-peak.
The project will deliver more frequent and reliable services, upgraded stations and facilities, a new station at Cobblebank, and allow for future electrification of the line from Melton to Melbourne.
While you're with us, you can now receive updates straight to your inbox each Friday morning from The Ararat Advertiser. To make sure you're up-to-date with all the news from across the Ararat shire, sign up here.