Lydiard Street reopening

Project dates: 11/06/21

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The Victorian Government has allocated $10.5 million in funding to re-open the road and upgrade the outdated signalling system at Ballarat Station.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, pending approval of the application with Heritage Victoria that will allow V/Line to progress the temporary solution, Lydiard Street will be re-opened to road traffic later in 2021.

Latest project news

An application under Section 93 of the Heritage Act 2017 for a permit to temporarily remove the remaining replica heritage gates at the Lydiard Street level crossing in Ballarat to facilitate works, which will see the opening of the road has been lodged with Heritage Victoria.

If successful half boom barriers will be installed at the crossing, while a permanent solution is developed – in consultation with Heritage Victoria.

During this time – as addressed in the application – the replica heritage gates and parts would be safely secured in the area to ensure their preservation until such time a permanent solution for the crossing is determined.

A copy of the permit application is available for inspection from Wednesday 28 July to Wednesday 11 August 2021 online at Any person may lodge a submission in respect of the application within 14 days of publication of this notice.


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