Geelong Line Upgrade
The Geelong Line Upgrade will lead to improved train services, with a second platform, new tracks and pedestrian link at Waurn Ponds station.
The Geelong Line Upgrade will lead to more services and better reliability, with a second platform, new tracks and pedestrian link at Waurn Ponds Station.
What will happen?
The $110 million Geelong Line Upgrade includes:
- upgrading Waurn Ponds station with a second platform and pedestrian link
- an additional track at Waurn Ponds to enable trains to pass each other
- Armstrong Creek transit corridor planning to consider future land use, environmental issues and development, and population plans.
Upgrades will also take place along the line to Warrnambool, including a new crossing loop, level and pedestrian crossing upgrades and improved signalling between Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool.
What are the benefits?
The Geelong Line Upgrade will prepare for more Geelong services to be extended to and from Waurn Ponds.
The second platform and additional track at Waurn Ponds station will create enough space for trains to pass each other, allowing services to recover more quickly from disruptions and improving service reliability.
A new pedestrian link at Waurn Ponds station will create a user friendly, safe and accessible connection for station users, linking the station to new residential development.
Armstrong Creek transit corridor planning will help identify a preferred alignment for the Armstrong Creek transit corridor reservations.
Further along the line, upgrades will allow a fifth daily return service between Warrnambool and Melbourne.
Regional Rail Revival will provide opportunities for local suppliers to create jobs, develop industry skills and grow local economies, through the Victorian Government’s Local Jobs First - Victorian Industry Participation Policy (VIPP).
Who is responsible?
The Geelong Line Upgrade is being delivered by the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA), on behalf of the Victorian Government.
We will start with site investigations, including environmental assessments, traffic and noise monitoring, soil and rock testing and locating underground services like phone and gas. Passengers may notice more activity near the rail line as we gather this information to help the design and planning process.
We will notify the community of any disruption via information sessions, letterbox drops, emails, advertising, website updates, social media and station pop-ups.
The Geelong line has had 289 new services added since 2015. Extra VLocity carriages have also improved capacity on high demand services.
Upgrades to stations and bus interchanges around Geelong will start in 2018, including new bus shelters, car and bike parking and improved pedestrian crossings.
A project to plan for a future rail duplication between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds is also underway, separately funded by the Victorian and Australian governments.