Ballarat Station Southside Precinct Master Plan
The master planning for the Ballarat Station Precinct is no longer active. However, the Victorian Government is continuing its planning for a range of improvements in the Ballarat Station precinct. This includes the long term treatment of the Lydiard Street heritage gates, signalling upgrades at the station precinct and a DDA compliant pedestrian overpass connecting the two platforms at the station.
In early 2021, the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) and City of Ballarat undertook community consultation to develop a master plan to revitalise the Ballarat Station and its southside precinct.
Community feedback identified two priority areas for improvement: pedestrian and vehicle access, and safety into and around the station and regional coach interchange.
For the VPA’s plan to deliver these objectives, any potential relocation of the regional coach terminal from the southern station entrance into the northern precinct requires further technical investigation.
Accordingly, the Department of Transport and Planning (DTP), VicTrack, V/Line and Heritage Victoria would need to undertake further work to determine if the relocation of the coach terminal can occur without impacting the transport operations, heritage fabric of the station and the potential need to identify locations for new station car parking.
Given the complexities, the project cannot proceed until further technical analysis has been done. Any recommencement of the master plan by the VPA would be subject to funding.
The VPA will continue to engage with DTP to understand the outcomes of any technical analysis, and consider whether there is an opportunity to progress the masterplan in response to a decision on the location of the regional coach terminal.