Maryborough to Gheringhap standardisation was canned primarily due to pathing issues through a busy Ballarat (especially during the day), and the cost to make that work if it was at all possible. Reinstate the dual track between North Ballarat and Ballarat. This was proposed in the short-lived Freight-Passenger Rail Separation Project and involved widening the Armstrong Street North bridge. Use the south-west line for Wendouree and Ararat; the north-east line for Maryborough.
 Use the centre and Platform 2 roads through Ballarat.
 Upgrade the Ballarat – Warrenheip south line to RFR standard, perhaps using some of the north line infrastructure. Use the north line for Gheringhap and the south line (RFR) for Ballan.
 Cross the north line under the south line at Warrenheip via an underpass.
The only conflict would be RFR services needing to use Platform 2. It would also allow a future Geelong – Ballarat service to operate from Platform 2. Whether it’s BG, SG or DG is a separate issue, as is the proposed intermodal terminal west of Wendouree.
At some stage during the Freight-Passenger Rail Separation Project there was $130 million available from the Victorian government. The Federal government has set aside $250 million for the not-needed Glenferrie Road LX replacement.