The Geelong Line Upgrade will enable more frequent and reliable services for passengers on the state’s busiest regional rail line.
What will happen?
The $160 million Geelong Line Upgrade includes:
- upgrading Waurn Ponds Station with a second platform, pedestrian overpass and extra car parking
- an additional track at Waurn Ponds Station
- Armstrong Creek transit corridor planning to consider future land use, environmental issues and development, and population plans
- planning and development for the Waurn Ponds Duplication Project.
What are the benefits?
The Geelong Line Upgrade is part of the staged upgrade of the Geelong Line and the first step in delivering track duplication from South Geelong to Waurn Ponds to enable more frequent and reliable services for passengers.
Stage 1 of the Geelong Line Upgrade will deliver the Waurn Ponds Station upgrade, including a new pedestrian overpass to create a user-friendly, safe and accessible connection between platforms for station users.
A new second platform and additional track at Waurn Ponds Station will allow trains to pass each other in this section, meaning services can recover more quickly from disruptions, boosting service reliability.
More than 90 new car parking spaces will be built, and 120 existing unsealed spaces will be formalised, making the station more user-friendly.
Station facilities will be upgraded, including better lighting and CCTV, a new drop-off zone and better access for the station car park.
Stage 2 of the Geelong Line Upgrade includes planning and development for the Waurn Ponds Duplication Project, which will duplicate the line between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds to enable more frequent and reliable services for passengers along the line.
The Geelong Line Upgrade also includes planning for the Armstrong Creek transit corridor, which considers future land use and population plans for this growing community.
What are the next steps?
Site investigations, including surveying and locating underground services are underway for Stage 1.
Construction on Stage 1 is due to get underway in mid-2020 and is targeted for completion in late 2021.
Planning and development work is underway for the Waurn Ponds Duplication Project, with field surveys being carried out along the rail line between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds to gather information for planning of the project.
Have your say
In early 2019 we spoke to the local community about concept designs for the Waurn Ponds Station upgrade.
We had a great response, receiving 83 detailed survey responses and having conversations with community members at Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre and Waurn Ponds Station.
The community gave us feedback on the proposed additional track and new platform, additional CCTV and lighting, and car park improvements at Waurn Ponds Station.
The responses provided are being considered in the planning and design of the Waurn Ponds Station upgrade.
Who is responsible?
The Geelong Line Upgrade is being delivered by Rail Projects Victoria (RPV), on behalf of the Victorian Government.
Downer EDI Works has been awarded the contract to design and build key components of the Geelong Line Upgrade.