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 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.
Stabling is needed at Waurn Ponds to support planned improvements for the Geelong Line, including the Geelong Line Upgrade, the Waurn Ponds Duplication Project, 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. A public hearing was held as part of this process from Wednesday 19 to Wednesday 26 February 2020. More information can be found at the Engage Victoria website.
The GLSAC will report its findings to the Minister for Planning for consideration.
If the planning scheme amendment is approved, the facility will be delivered by the same contractor appointed for the Geelong and Warrnambool line upgrades.