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

Scope map of the Geelong Line Upgrade as outlined on this page.

Geelong Line Upgrade - projects

The staged upgrade of the Geelong line includes:

  • South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication is the second 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. Construction will commence in mid 2022 and is targeted for completion in late 2024.
  • 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, and will also deliver 200 new and upgraded car parks. This project is currently under construction and is targeted for completion in late 2021.
  • The Waurn Ponds train stabling and maintenance facility will support additional services being added on the Geelong Line by creating a new facility that will house, clean and undertake maintenance on V/Line trains. Stabling facilities are a critical part of our rail network – they allow trains to begin service on time each day. Stage 1 of this project is currently under construction.

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 per cent 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.

Project delivery

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

Downer has been awarded the contract to design and build the Waurn Ponds Station upgrade and Stage 1 of the Waurn Ponds stabling and maintenance facility.

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.

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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