The South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication project will deliver more frequent and reliable services and 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.

Other projects include the completed Waurn Ponds Station upgrade and stabling and maintenance facility in Waurn Ponds, which will enable more frequent and reliable services for passengers on Victoria’s busiest regional rail line.

Project overview

The South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication will enable more services and improved reliability on the Geelong Line.

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

The project includes:

  • removal of the level crossings at Fyans Street and Surf Coast Highway, replacing them with elevated rail bridges, boosting safety for train passengers and motorists that use these level crossings each day.
  • upgrading South Geelong and Marshall stations with improved facilities and accessibility, including new station buildings and forecourts, new second platforms, accessible pedestrian overpasses, increased 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 to help services recover more quickly from delays, with trains able to pass each other in these sections
  • more than 5km of new shared user paths linking to existing trails and paths and creating 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, including upgrades to the rail tunnel between Geelong and South Geelong and the rail line over the Barwon River.

Next steps

The Djilang Alliance, comprising McConnell Dowell, Downer, Arup and WSP Australia, has been appointed to deliver the project.

An online industry briefing session was held in August 2022, detailing opportunities for local contractors and suppliers.

Early works are underway, including the relocation of a Barwon Water pipeline, which will allow key sections of track to be duplicated between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds.

Construction expected to start in late 2022 and completion targeted for late 2024.

What we heard

The What We Heard report (PDF, 2.3 MB) showcases the feedback and suggestions received during our first round of community consultation undertaken in August 2021.

Further community consultation is underway, including drop-in community information sessions and feedback opportunities via our Have Your Say survey, providing more opportunities for the local community to help inform the final design for the project.

Stay informed

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

Contact us

If you would like to discuss any questions or concerns with a member of the project team, you can call us 24/7 on 1800 105 105 or email regionalrailrevival@railprojects.vic.gov.au.

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