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We are delighted to share that work has begun to duplicate the rail line between Deer Park and Caroline Springs, and great news for Woodlea residents as the current platforms at Rockbank station will be extended and a sealed car park will also be built. The work is set to begin next year and be completed in 2019. Read below the full article featured on theage.com.au
Work has begun to duplicate the rail line between Deer Park and Caroline Springs, making way for an upgrade to the Ballarat corridor that is designed to improve regional and metropolitan train services.
The work coincides with the construction of the new Caroline Springs railway station - built to accommodate booming population growth in Melbourne's outer west. It is scheduled to open next year.
The Andrews government has allocated more than $500 million to upgrade the Ballarat line. The work is set to begin next year and be completed in 2019.
Under the Ballarat line upgrade, the track will be duplicated down to Melton. An additional three kilometres of single track will also be built west of Warrenheip.
Melton has been forced to rely on a single-track line with a V/Line service that has been overwhelmed by demand from the surrounding population.
In February The Age revealed that Public Transport Victoria had bid for funds to duplicate the line from Melton to Deer Park to enable an increase in train services.
Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said the "transformation" of the Ballarat train corridor would provide more reliable and frequent services to Melbourne's western suburbs, Melton and regional stops along the Ballarat line.
The Ballarat line upgrade includes three additional "crossing loops" at Bacchus Marsh, Ballan and Bungaree. They will allow trains to pass each other and help avoid severe congestion caused by unexpected delays.
New stabling will also be built at Melton and Rowsley to house extra carriages while second platforms will be added to Bacchus Marsh and Ballan stations.
At Rockbank station the current platforms will be extended and a sealed car park will also be built. There are no delays expected as a result of the current works, although some replacement buses are expected for the broader Ballarat line upgrade.
Just 5️⃣ days to go until the new We Love Aintree cafe opens! Don’t worry!! We've got your coffee needs covered in the mean time (thanks so The Coffee Mill) - drop by for a coffee at our pop up coffee cart from 8am to 4pm all week until opening (on Saturday) ☕????????
Did you know our new cafe will be 100% not for profit? This means instead of profits going to individuals or shareholders, 100% of profits will go back into the community ???????? Events & programs aimed to connect neighbours & build the community will be at the forefront! Every time you buy a coffee or some breakfast at the new cafe you'll be supporting things like playgroup, the community garden & tennis club ???????????? Follow We Love Aintree for more info #connectingneighbours #lovewhereyoulive #communityinaction
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This Sunday will be the last day Go West Eatery & Tuckshop will be open before We Love Aintree transform the space into a social enterprise cafe ???? A BIG THANK YOU on behalf of the Woodlea team & local community to Go West Eatery & Tuckshop for your wonderful hospitality over the last 3+ years - you’ve been our local go-to for daily coffee fixes & your delicious brekky & lunch dishes will be missed...There’s still time to visit Go West Eatery & Tuckshop this week to say your farewells & get your final menu fixes ☕ ???? ???? Check out some of our favourite Go West Eatery & Tuckshop memories below #melbournecafe #gowestcafe #communityinaction
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Mark this Sunday in your calendars...your local Rockbank Station is hosting an Opening Celebration from 10am - 1pm which is set to include entertainment, activities, food PLUS so much more! We'll also be there to help you celebrate & will be giving away special Woodlea gifts - see you there ???????????? #party #welovewoodlea #trainstationopening
Go West Eatery & Tuckshop will close its doors on Sunday 25th August to pursue other opportunities in inner Melbourne. This has provided us the chance to welcome a not-for-profit social enterprise cafe that will be managed by local community organisation We Love Aintree. 100% of profits will go back into your local community, so every time you buy a coffee or make a purchase at the new cafe you’re supporting things like playgroup, the community garden and local sporting clubs. The social enterprise cafe will open on Saturday 31st August. In the meantime, a pop up coffee cart will look after your caffeine needs from Monday 26 to Friday 30th August. Follow We Love Aintree and tag your friends below to keep everyone in the loop and show support for this new social enterprise cafe coming soon.