Ararat Sleeper Replacement Milestone

Project dates: October 2020

V/Line Project
Ararat Sleeper Replacement Milestone

Ararat Sleeper Replacement Milestone

The V/Line Program & Delivery team continue to strengthen the backbone of the Victorian regional passenger rail network with a major sleeper replacement program between the regional city of Ballarat and the historic town of Ararat. The team have worked tirelessly to replace more than 100,000 sleepers on the regional rail network this year. This follows the completion of works on the Ararat line mid-October. 

More than 50 members of the team have worked through the night in 10-day blocks on each of the programs, with works starting after the last train each night and finishing before first service the next morning, to minimise disruptions to passenger services. This is part of a $9.5 million program to replace 34,000 sleepers on the track between Ararat and Wendouree which was completed in just over two months and came off the back of sleeper replacement programs on the Bendigo and Warrnambool Lines. 

Works also included replacing every sleeper on the 22-kilometre section between Buangor and Dobie and crews also renewed the track beneath the road at the Warrayatkin Road level crossing in Dobie.


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