A $160 million investment in the Geelong Line will enable more frequent and reliable services for passengers.
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
- planning for the Armstrong Creek transit corridor
- planning and development for the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication.
What are the benefits?
The Waurn Ponds Station upgrade is the first step towards increasing services and improving reliability on the Geelong Line, Victoria’s busiest regional rail line.
The station upgrade includes a new pedestrian overpass to create a user-friendly, safe and accessible connection between platforms for station users.
A new second platform and track will help train services recover more quickly from delays and allow more services to be extended to and from Waurn Ponds Station.
More than 90 new car parking spaces will be built, and 120 existing gravel spaces will be sealed, making the station more user-friendly.
Station facilities will be upgraded, including better lighting and CCTV, a new drop-off zone and better access in the station car park.
The South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication will duplicate track between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds, remove level crossings at Fyans Street and Surf Coast Highway, and upgrade South Geelong and Marshall stations to enable more frequent and reliable services for passengers along the line.
Planning for the Armstrong Creek transit corridor will consider future land use and population plans for this growing community.
What are the next steps?
Construction is now underway on the Waurn Ponds Station upgrade and is targeted for completion in late 2021.
Planning and development work is underway for the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication, with field surveys and site investigations being carried out along the rail line between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds to gather information for the planning of the project.
Who is responsible?
The Geelong Line Upgrade is being delivered by Rail Projects Victoria (RPV), on behalf of the Victorian Government.
Downer has been awarded the contract to design and build key components of the Geelong Line Upgrade.
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What we heard
In early 2019 we spoke to the local community about concept designs for the Waurn Ponds Station upgrade.
The community gave us feedback on the additional track and new platform, CCTV and lighting, and car park improvements at Waurn Ponds Station.
The responses provided were considered in the planning and design of the Waurn Ponds Station upgrade.
As the project progresses, we will keep passengers and the community updated via information sessions, letterbox drops, e-newsletters, advertising, website updates, social media and station pop-ups.