The South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication is part of the staged upgrade of the Geelong Line and a critical step in delivering more frequent and reliable services.
We are investing in the Waurn Ponds Station Upgrade, the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication, Waurn Ponds Stabling and planning for Geelong Fast Rail to 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:
- track duplication between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds stations
- Station upgrades at South Geelong and Marshall stations featuring second platforms, pedestrian overpasses and improved car parking
- removal of the level crossings at Surf Coast Highway and Fyans Street
- signalling upgrades between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds stations
- business case for the duplication of the Geelong rail tunnel and potential other future line upgrades.
What are the benefits?
The South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication will enable more services and improved reliability on the Geelong Line.
Signalling upgrades and track duplication between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds will allow more Geelong services to be extended to South Geelong, Marshall and Waurn Ponds and help services to 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 and parking. Both stations will also 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.
Geotechnical investigations are taking place to help inform planning and design for the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication.
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 of the project.
What we are doing
Geotechnical investigations will take place along the rail corridor between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds stations, to identify soil, rock and groundwater conditions. The investigations will take place on weekdays between 7am and 5pm, and will include:
- non-destructive digging and drilling
- soil sampling
- groundwater testing.
Who is delivering this project?
The South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication is being delivered by Rail Projects Victoria (RPV), on behalf of the Australian and Victorian governments.
Why are we investing in Geelong’s rail network?
Geelong is Victoria’s fastest growing regional city.
Geelong’s population is expected to grow by almost 50 per cent to approximately 485,000 by 2051, and patronage on the Geelong Line has tripled since the opening of Regional Rail Link in 2015.
The community of Greater Geelong needs a fast, efficient and reliable rail service to support its development as Victoria’s second biggest city. The Geelong Line is the fastest growing and busiest line on the regional rail network.
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.