Lydiard Street reopening

Project dates: 2021

V/Line Project
Lydiard Street reopening

We're working to re-open the Lydiard Street level crossing in Ballarat.


An incident last year, in which a late-night V/Line passenger train crashed through the Lydiard Street level crossing’s interlocking, replica heritage gates, forced the closure of the crossing to vehicles.
Since then protective traffic management barriers have been in place, allowing train services to continue while maintaining community safety.

Work is underway now for a temporary solution that will see half boom barriers connected to the older manual signalling system and the road re-opened.

A photo of the Lydiard St crossing, with Ballarat Station in the background


The Victorian Government has allocated $10.5 million in funding to re-open the road and upgrade the outdated signalling system at Ballarat Station.

It is a complex situation at a crossing where older signalling systems remain in place but need to be repaired and updated to support the changing infrastructure and growing number of services that utilise the tracks through the area. The funding allocated will be spent upgrading the signalling system – a project which could take up to 12 months to complete.

Meanwhile, our crews are working to temporarily re-open the road, enhance safety for our passenger trains and keep Ballarat moving along this historic and significant street.


It is hoped, following approval of the application with Heritage Victoria that allows V/Line to progress the temporary solution, Lydiard Street will be re-opened to road traffic later in 2021.

Latest project news

Work to re-open Ballarat’s Lydiard Street level crossing is continuing following Heritage Victoria’s approval of plans for the installation of temporary boom gates.

Under the conditions of the permit, the damaged gates will be removed, photographed and catalogued before being stored in a safe location in Wendouree, and will be subject to regular inspections to ensure they do not deteriorate.

Specialist contractors and V/Line technicians are expected to finish preparatory works on-site within the next three weeks before the installation of the temporary boom gates can proceed.

Crews have already undertaken non-destructive digging, service location and cabling works at the level crossing, and will install critical signalling infrastructure and foundations for the temporary boom gates over the next few weeks.

The Ballarat community will continue to be kept informed on the progress of these works as a construction and commissioning schedule is finalised.


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