The Australian and Victorian governments are investing in rail upgrades between Geelong and Waurn Ponds to deliver more frequent and reliable services for passengers on the state’s busiest regional line.

Waurn Ponds Stabling Geelong Line Scope Map

Project scope

The Waurn Ponds Station upgrade, which includes:

  • a second platform on the south of the station with shelters and seating
  • track duplication
  • a new accessible pedestrian overpass
  • secure bike storage and bicycle hoops
  • more than 200 new and upgraded car parks.

A new train maintenance and stabling facility near Waurn Ponds Station.

The South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication which includes:

  • duplicating around 8kms of track between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds
  • rebuilding South Geelong and Marshall stations featuring new station buildings and forecourts, second platforms and accessible pedestrian overpasses
  • removal of the level crossings at Fyans Street and Surf Coast Highway and replacement with elevated rail bridges
  • signalling upgrades between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds
  • more than 5kms of new shared user paths linking to existing trails and paths and creating a continuous connection between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds.

Planning for the Armstrong Creek transit corridor, to consider future land use and population plans for this growing community.

A business case to determine the infrastructure required to deliver even more services, including upgrades to the rail tunnel between Geelong and south Geelong and the rail line over the Barwon River.

What are the benefits?

The Waurn Ponds Station upgrade is the first step in enabling more services to be extended to Waurn Ponds Station.

The upgrades will improve accessibility and amenities at the station including 200 new and upgraded car parks.

The South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication is the next critical step in providing more frequent and reliable services on the Geelong Line.

This project will enable five train services per hour during the peaks, and three per hour between the peaks at Marshall and Waurn Ponds stations, providing more travel options and choice for passengers.

A new train maintenance and stabling facility near Waurn Ponds Station is needed to support additional services being added on the Geelong Line.

Stabling facilities are a critical part of our rail network – they allow trains to begin service on time each day.

Project delivery

The staged upgrade of the Geelong Line is being delivered by Rail Projects Victoria (RPV), on behalf of the Victorian Government.

Downer is the contractor delivering the Waurn Ponds Station upgrade and the first stage of the Waurn Ponds stabling and maintenance facility.

The Djilang Alliance, comprising McConnell Dowell, Downer, Arup and WSP Australia, has been selected as the preferred contractor for the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication.

Find out more about supplier opportunities for the upgrade of the Geelong Line.

Geelong Fast Rail

Fast rail to Geelong is also being delivered by Rail Projects Victoria. For more information on this project see the Geelong Fast Rail page.

Why are we investing in Geelong’s rail network?

Geelong is Victoria’s fastest growing regional city.

Geelong’s population is expected to grow by almost 50% to approximately 485,000 by 2051, and patronage on the Geelong Line has tripled since the opening of Regional Rail Link in 2015.

The community of Greater Geelong needs a fast, 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.

Stay informed

As the project progresses, we will keep passengers and the community updated via information sessions, letterbox drops, e-newsletters, advertising, website updates, social media and station pop-ups.

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