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Ballarat Station Upgrade Designs Revealed

The Victorian Government has revealed the early designs for a $50 million upgrade to Ballarat Station to improve accessibility.

The new plans released today include installing a pedestrian overpass with a passenger lift and stairs to both platforms.

The upgrades will make it easier for people with a disability, as well as passengers with prams and luggage, to get around the station and use public transport, while also respecting the heritage of the station precinct.

Minister for Transport Infrastructure Danny Pearson explained how the upgrades will impact passengers.

“The upgrades will ensure passengers can better access the station and change platforms, making it easier for people to catch a train,” he said.

“This investment will make sure Ballarat Station is more accessible, for more people – which is a huge win for the community.”

The project will also include an upgrade of the northern entry to the station to build a new ramp and stairs, along with improvements to lighting and tactiles.

The design maintains a degree of transparency for the overpass that will maintain view lines from the inside and outside to ensure safety for all users.

Crews have completed preliminary engineering and geotechnical work that helped inform the early designs and determined the best location for the new overpass is at the station building’s eastern end – with construction set to be completed in 2026.

The project team has already started early engagement with key community stakeholders including disability advocacy and heritage groups. Locals can now have their say on aspects of the design by visiting engage.vic.gov.au. 

The work will build on the Ballarat Line Upgrade, which delivered an extra 135 weekly services for Ballarat and growing communities along the line. Trains now run every 20 minutes on average during peak times.