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.
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 an upgrade to Waurn Ponds Station, the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication and Geelong Fast Rail.
Stabling at Waurn Ponds will allow more frequent and reliable train services to be introduced on the line in the future.
In addition to the extra services the new stabling will allow, it will also deliver an economic boost for the region, creating approximately 120 direct jobs and 190 indirect jobs once the full facility is operational.
Planning Scheme Amendment GC104 - Waurn Ponds train maintenance and stabling facility
The Minister for Planning has approved the planning scheme amendment (PSA) for the Waurn Ponds stabling and maintenance facility.
The amendment applies a Public Acquisition Overlay (PAO) to 61 hectares of private land at Reservoir Road in Mount Duneed which is required for the facility.
The approval follows a six-month independent process by the Government Land Standing Advisory Community (GLSAC), which included a review of the proposed amendment, as well as a public hearing and submissions from the community and other key stakeholders.
Rail Projects Victoria has commenced the process to acquire the land for Stage 1 of the stabling and maintenance facility, and will work respectfully with the owners of the site over the coming months in relation to land acquisition and construction of the facility.
Construction of the first stage of the stabling facility will be delivered by Downer as part of the contract for the Geelong and Warrnambool line upgrades.
Downer has commenced early investigative works at the site and in the adjacent corridor. The early planning works will inform the detailed design for Stage 1 of the stabling facility.
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 – they allow 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.