The Warrnambool and Geelong Line Upgrades have begun by putting the call out for Expressions of Interest from contractors, to design and build important aspects of the projects.

The contract will include a major upgrade to Waurn Ponds Station and upgrades to the Warrnambool line in preparation for new VLocity trains.

Planning and site investigations for the Warrnambool Line Upgrade are already underway, with construction set to begin by the end of 2019.

Construction on the Geelong Line Upgrade is scheduled to begin by 2020. The target completion date for both projects is 2021.

Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) is overseeing the upgrades and has already begun a pre-qualification process to identify companies suitable to tender for the design and construction contracts.