Work on the Geelong Line Upgrade project continues, following the appointment of a contractor to facilitate the expansion of the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication, and the next phase of the project.
The Djilang Alliance – comprised of McConnell Dowell, Downer, Arup and WSP – will duplicate around eight kilometres of track, upgrade South Geelong and Marshall stations and remove dangerous and congested level crossings at Fyans Street and Surf Coast Highway.
The upgrades will allow five train services per hour during the peaks and three per hour between the peaks at Marshall and Waurn Ponds stations.
Acting Victorian Premier and Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Jacinta Allan, said the upgrades would be an asset to visitors and locals alike.
“We’re getting on with upgrades to Victoria’s busiest regional rail line to improve safety and provide more trains, more often to the growing community,“ Ms Allan said.
“These upgrades will better connect locals and visitors to the Geelong region for years to come.”
Major construction for the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication will start later this year, with works on track for completion in late 2024.
Work is also progressing on a new train stabling facility in Waurn Ponds to house VLocity trains overnight – providing much-needed storage to support the additional services the major upgrades underway will bring to the line.
Major earthworks on the stabling facility are due to be completed soon, with more than 14,000 cubic metres of material excavated to prepare the foundations, rail formation and road pavements at the stabling yard, which will support extended services for passengers between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds.
The recently completed Waurn Ponds Station upgrade has already provided passengers with access to 20 extended peak and off-peak services at the station each week, with two every morning and two in the evening on weekdays.
The upgrades to the Geelong Line are part of the Australian and Victorian Governments’ investment of more than $4 billion in the Regional Rail Revival program – upgrading every passenger rail line in Victoria and creating more than 3,000 jobs.