The South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication is part of the Australian and Victorian governments’ more than $1 billion investment in the staged upgrade of the Geelong Line and a critical step in delivering more frequent and reliable services.
Other projects include the Waurn Ponds Station upgrade and stabling facility at Waurn Ponds, which will enable more frequent and reliable services for passengers on Victoria’s busiest regional rail line.
What will happen?
The South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication includes:
- duplicating around 8km of track between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds
- upgrades at South Geelong and Marshall stations featuring second platforms and accessible pedestrian overpasses
- removal of the level crossings at Fyans Street and Surf Coast Highway
- signalling upgrades between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds
- a business case to determine the infrastructure required to deliver even more services, including upgrades to the rail tunnel between Geelong and south Geelong and the rail line over the Barwon River.
What are the benefits?
The South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication will enable more services and improved reliability on the Geelong Line.
The project will deliver the critical upgrades needed between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds to boost the number of train services for these growing communities.
Duplicating sections of track between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds will allow more services to be extended to South Geelong, Marshall and Waurn Ponds and help services recover more quickly from delays, with trains able to pass each other in this section.
Passengers using South Geelong and Marshall stations will benefit from upgraded facilities, including improved accessibility. Both stations will feature a second platform, track and pedestrian overpass.
Level crossings at Fyans Street and Surf Coast Highway will be removed, boosting safety for train passengers and motorists that use these level crossings each day.
Expressions of Interest now open
We’re seeking Expressions of Interest for contractors to deliver the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication.
Interested parties are being sought to design and build key components of the project.
Expressions of Interest for the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication close in March 2021.
More information is available at tenders.vic.gov.au
A contract for the project is expected to be awarded in early 2022.
Expressions of Interest are also open for suppliers to be part of the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication. Registration is available here.
What are the next steps?
We’re carrying out critical planning and development work on the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication.
Field surveys are currently underway along the rail corridor between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds stations. Geotechnical investigations have been carried out to identify soil, rock and groundwater conditions which will inform the planning and design of the project.
Community consultation will get underway in early 2021, with more information to be available on this website shortly.
Construction on the project is expected to begin in 2022 and be completed in 2024, subject to planning and environmental approvals.
Until March 2021
Planning and development work is underway with field surveys and site investigations being carried out along the rail line to gather information for the planning and design for the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication.
What we are doing
- Heritage, cultural and historical field surveys as well as ecology and environmental surveys will take place along the rail corridor between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds stations
- The investigations will take place on weekdays between 7am and 5pm and involve work crews walking through the rail corridor to survey and inspect the project area.
Who is responsible?
The South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication is being delivered by Rail Projects Victoria (RPV), on behalf of the Victorian Government.
As the project progresses, we will keep passengers and the community updated via information sessions, e-newsletters, advertising, website updates, social media and station pop-ups.