A Victorian company has been contracted to deliver $900,000 worth of upgrades to the Melton railway station.

Public Transport Minister Ben Carroll and Melton State Labor MP Steve McGhie have met at the 137-year-old station building to announce the new contractor – MCT Constructions .

The Coburg-based company will be responsible for:

** Building a second entrance to platform 1 (southern);

** A new footpath connecting the new entrance to the Exford Rd level crossing,

** Four disability-friendly parking spaces,

** Extra platform seating and shelters;

** New CCTV cameras;

** Two new passenger information displays.

** Reconstructing the surface of the Ballarat-end of platform one as part of Vline’s annual maintenance program.

Construction begins next month, with crews starting on works in the car park and footpath before completing the on-platform works during the next period of planned rail replacements.

Mr McGhie said this would minimise the disturbance to passengers.

Public Transport Minister Ben Carroll and Melton MLA Steve McGhie at Melton railway station

“We’re delivering upgrades to make sure Melton station is more accessible than ever for passengers,” Mr McGhie said.

“These projects are creating local jobs to support our community as we recover from the pandemic.”

The changes come after a 2020 change.org petition, calling for improved disability access, shelters and connectivity.

From January 31, 125 new services were introduced along the Ballarat line – with more trains stopping along the route more frequently.

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Cobblebank also has a station for the first time, while the Rockbank station (pictured) has been rebuilt.

The new timetable means there is now a train every 20 minutes during the peak and every 40 minutes through the day.

Vline coaches and local buses are being re-coordinated with the new timetable.

“We’re thrilled to see passengers benefitting from the massive Ballarat Line Upgrade,” Mr Carroll said.

“It’s giving our growing communities along the line more frequent trains than ever and improving access to jobs, healthcare and education for the growing communities along the line.”

By 1908 the Ballarat line included the Melton, Parwan and Rockbank stations

The Melton station opened in 1884 with the opening of the line from Braybrook.

It was extended west to Parwan in 1886 – and then became part of the completed Ballarat-Melbourne line in 1888.

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