The Victorian Government’s Geelong Fast Rail project is progressing, with on-site geotechnical investigations underway along the Werribee corridor and eleven boreholes drilled to date.
The Geelong Fast Rail aims to cut travel times for Geelong commuters, with proposed travel times from Melbourne CBD to Geelong to be as little as 50 minutes.
The Werribee corridor was selected as the route to deliver faster services for Geelong, with a new dedicated track to be built between Werribee and Laverton for Geelong trains, cutting average travel times for passengers by up to 15 minutes.
These investigations will find crucial information below the surface, that is essential to determining the best outcome for faster services on the Geelong Line.
On-site investigation progress includes:
- Around 100 ground investigation locations have been surveyed
- A third of ground investigations have been completed, of around 300 potential survey locations that need to be investigated along the Werribee corridor
- A total of eleven boreholes have been drilled to date, with another four ready to be drilled (permits have been awarded)
- Up to 40 boreholes are expected to be drilled by the end of 2021
Project Director Geelong Fast Rail, Mark Greener, said, “These initial site investigations to learn more about the conditions below the surface is an essential step in our planning and design process.
“It means that we can refine the project’s scope with more confidence, and give our future contractors more certainty before construction gets underway.”