A new rail to put trams back on track

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REPLACEMENT work on the Lake Wendouree tram tracks between the Ballarat Tramway Museum and St Aidans Drive is underway.

The $2.4 million BTM track upgrade was funded equally by the state and federal governments.

BTM will carry out the project in partnership with the City of Ballarat, to ensure that tram users have a smoother and safer journey along the line.

BTM Chairman Paul Mong said the Museum had been lobbying all levels of government for a decade to fund replacement work, with a 117-year-old section of track.

“The condition of the rail is very, very bad, it’s destroying our historic trams and is a safety risk. It was coming to the stadium if it hadn’t been replaced, we would have been shut down by the national regulator,” he said. he declared.

“With the support of Wendouree MP Juliana Addison and the City of Ballarat, we are at the stage where we can replace him.

“The state paid $1.2 million. The Federal Government has given the City of Ballarat millions for road projects, and we are using a percentage of that to do this work because the City owns the track and causeway.

Mrs. Addison was proud to support the tourist attraction and keep much of the city’s heritage alive.

“It will help preserve a unique and important part of Ballarat’s history for years to come,” she said.

This track replacement work should create 30 jobs. The Museum expects the project to be completed by June.

The tracks between the Museum and Carlton Street were replaced by a Pick My Project grant in 2019.

BTM cannot operate its trams during the works, but the new museum building is open to the public on weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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