The construction of a new train maintenance and stabling facility at Waurn Ponds is required to support much-needed additional services on the Geelong Line.
The Waurn Ponds stabling facility will include:
The community of greater Geelong needs an 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.
Stabling is needed at Waurn Ponds to support planned improvements for the Geelong Line, including an upgrade to Waurn Ponds Station, the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication and Geelong Fast Rail.
Stabling at Waurn Ponds will allow more frequent and reliable train services to be introduced on the line in the future.
In addition to the extra services the new stabling will allow, it will also deliver an economic boost for the region, creating approximately 120 direct jobs and 190 indirect jobs once the full facility is operational.
The facility is planned to be built in stages, with Stage 1 comprising capacity to store and refuel 6 trains.
Rail Projects Victoria has commenced the process to acquire the land for Stage 1 of the stabling and maintenance facility, and will work respectfully with the owners of the site over the coming months in relation to land acquisition and construction of the facility.
Construction of the first stage of the stabling facility will be delivered by Downer as part of the contract for the Geelong and Warrnambool line upgrades.
Downer has commenced early investigative works at the site and in the adjacent corridor. The early planning works will inform the detailed design for Stage 1 of the stabling facility.