The South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication project will enable more frequent and reliable services and deliver better stations for passengers on Victoria’s busiest regional rail line.

The project is part of the Australian and Victorian governments’ more than $1 billion investment in the staged upgrade of the Geelong Line.

The completed Waurn Ponds Station upgrade and stabling and maintenance facility in Waurn Ponds are also part of this major investment in the Geelong Line.

Project overview

The project will deliver the critical upgrades between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds to enable 5 train services per hour during peak hours, and 3 per hour off peak for Marshall and Waurn Ponds stations.

The project includes:

  • removal of the level crossings at Fyans Street and Surf Coast Highway and construction of elevated rail bridges
  • upgrading South Geelong and Marshall stations with improved facilities and accessibility. This will include new station buildings, forecourts and second platforms, more shelter and better wayfinding.
  • duplicating around 8km of track in sections from South Geelong Station to Breakwater Road, and from Marshalltown Road to Waurn Ponds Station.
  • more than 5km of new walking and cycling paths linking to existing trails and paths. This will create a continuous connection between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds.
  • signalling upgrades between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds
  • new green open spaces and urban design improvements
  • a business case to determine the infrastructure required to deliver more services. This will explore upgrades to the rail tunnel between Geelong and South Geelong and the rail line over the Barwon River.

Landscaping approach

To safely deliver the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication, trees and vegetation were removed along the rail corridor to enable major construction to take place.

A significant tree planting and landscaping program will occur as soon as construction on the project is complete. A minimum of two native trees and plants trees will be planted for every tree removed to enhance the local area and improve biodiversity.

We have engaged the Wadawurring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and City of Greater Geelong to work together on the landscape plans and on climate resilient planting.

Find out more information on vegetation and landscaping approach.

Next steps

Major construction is underway on the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication.

The Djilang Alliance (McConnell Dowell, Downer, Arup and WSP Australia) are delivering the project.

An online industry briefing session for local contractors and suppliers ran in August 2022.

What we heard

A What We Heard report from the latest round of community consultation in August / September 2022 has been released. The report features feedback on the updated designs for the project and colour palette selections for key infrastructure.

Feedback and suggestions received during our first round of community consultation undertaken in August 2021 feature in this What We Heard report.

Stay informed

You can stay up to date with the project via e-newsletters and social media.

Contact us

You can contact the project team 24/7 on 1800 105 105 or via email at regionalrailrevival@railprojects.vic.gov.au.

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