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Proposed Waurn Ponds train maintenance and stabling facility

The construction of a new train maintenance and stabling facility at Waurn Ponds is required to support much needed additional services on the Geelong line.

In 2018, Public Transport Victoria transferred the design and development of the proposed Waurn Ponds train maintenance and stabling facility to Rail Projects Victoria.

What is train stabling?

Train stabling is where trains are parked while not in operation.

Stabling facilities are a critical part of our rail network, allowing trains to begin service on time each day.

While the trains are in the facility they are cleaned internally and prepared for the next day.

A typical train stabling facility operates almost 24 hours a day.

Why is train stabling needed?

The community of greater Geelong needs an efficient and reliable rail network 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.

Waurn Ponds stabling is needed to support planned improvements for the Geelong line, including the Geelong Line Upgrade, the Waurn Ponds Duplication Project – which will deliver five services per hour in the peak for Waurn Ponds – Geelong Fast Rail and Western Rail Plan.

PROPOSED PLANNING SCHEME AMENDMENT GC104 - WAURN PONDS TRAIN MAINTENANCE AND STABLING FACILITY

Rail Projects Victoria has lodged a request for a Planning Scheme Amendment (GC104) with the Minister for Planning for the facility to be built at the proposed site in Waurn Ponds.

Information about the project, including the Planning Scheme Amendment, supporting documents and site selection can be found on the Government Land Planning Service website.

The request has been referred to the Government Land Standing Advisory Committee (GLSAC) for independent review. The committee is independent of government, and provides a transparent process for people to have their say on the project.

More information on the Government Land Standing Advisory Committee is available at the Engage Victoria website.

The committee hosted an information session about the planning and submission process on 22 August 2019 in Geelong. You can view Rail Projects Victoria’s presentation from the session.

The Advisory Committee has reopened the public exhibition period, which will now close 29 November 2019. You can make a submission at the Engage Victoria website.

NEXT STEPS

The next step in the planning process will be a public hearing to be hosted by the Government Land Standing Advisory Committee from 17 February 2020 and is expected to run for up to 10 days, at a location to be confirmed. The hearing is a public event and anyone is welcome to attend.

If the planning scheme amendment is approved, the facility will be delivered by the same contractor appointed for the Geelong and Warrnambool line upgrades.