The South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication is part of the Australian and Victorian governments’ more than $1 billion investment in the staged upgrade of the Geelong Line and a critical step in delivering more frequent and reliable services.

Other projects include the 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 includes:

Project benefits

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.

Duplicating the line will also help services recover more quickly from delays, with trains able to pass each other in this section.

Passengers using South Geelong and Marshall stations will benefit from upgraded facilities, including improved accessibility. Both stations will feature a new station building, second platform, track and pedestrian overpass.

Level crossings at Fyans Street and Surf Coast Highway will be removed and replaced with an elevated rail bridge, boosting safety for train passengers and motorists that use these level crossings each day.

New shared user paths will link existing trails and paths and create a continuous connection for cyclists and pedestrians between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds for the first time.

Next steps

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.

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

The contract for the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication is planned to be awarded by mid-2022, with construction expected to start in late 2022 and completion targeted for late 2024.

What we heard

A 'What We Heard' report showcasing the feedback and suggestions received during our first round of community consultation undertaken in August 2021 is now available.

Further community consultation will take place this year, including in person workshops and information sessions (pending any COVID 19 restrictions), providing more opportunities for the local community to help inform the final design for the project.

Project delivery

The South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication is being delivered by Rail Projects Victoria, on behalf of the Victorian Government.

Construction on the project is expected to commence at the end of 2022 and be completed in 2024, subject to planning and environmental approvals.

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 us.

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