We’re building a train stabling facility in Waurn Ponds as part of the staged upgrade of the Geelong Line, which will deliver more frequent and reliable train services for passengers.
What we are doing
We’re building a new train stabling facility on Reservoir Road in Mount Duneed, adjacent to the rail corridor between Pettavel Road and Bogans Lane.
We’re starting early works on site, including:
- installing temporary fences
- building new access tracks
What to be aware of
When works start, you may notice an increase in truck movements while we transport construction materials and equipment. There will be machinery,
heavy vehicles and workers in the area, so please be mindful and observe all safety signage in place.
Access to local roads will be maintained at all times.
These works are expected to be low impact, however nearby residents may notice some noise, dust and vibration.
Works will take place Monday to Friday from 7am to 6pm and Saturday from 8am to 1pm.
How we are minimising impacts
We use a range of measures to minimise dust from construction activities, including placing dust monitors in and around the construction site, staging works to minimise exposed areas and the use of water carts to wet down work areas.
Noise and vibration
To minimise potential noise and vibration impacts we monitor noise and vibration levels to make sure they are within the Environment Protection Authority noise control guidelines and limit out-of-hours works.
Why do we need a new stabling facility?
Stabling in Waurn Ponds is critical to ensure trains can begin services efficiently each day, and to allow more services to be introduced in the future.
Without adequate stabling facilities, trains need to travel long distances without passengers, impacting the number of services that can run on the line.
In addition to the extra services the new stabling will allow, it will also deliver an economic boost for the region, supporting more than 300 jobs once the full facility is operational.
The facility is planned to be built in stages, with Stage 1 comprising capacity to store and refuel six trains.
A typical train stabling facility operates almost 24 hours a day, from approximately an hour before the first train service starts to an hour after the last
The Waurn Ponds stabling facility will include:
- six stabling train tracks
- connections to the main train line
- signalling and communication systems
- CCTV and lighting
- a building to support operations and amenities for staff
- staff car parking
- asphalt footpaths and sealed roadways.
Health and safety
Works will be undertaken with strict COVIDSafe plans in place.
The health and safety of our workforce and community remains our top priority.
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