EOIs open for Geelong, Waurn Ponds rail upgrade

Expressions of interest are now open for contractors to deliver the second stage of the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds rail upgrade, a project that will create local jobs in Victoria’s south-west and deliver more frequent and reliable train services for South Geelong, Marshall and Waurn Ponds passengers.

Contractors are being sought to deliver this vital project as part of more than $1 billion investment in rail upgrades between Geelong and Waurn Ponds.

Geelong’s population is expected to grow by almost 50 per cent in the next 30 years and the Geelong line is the busiest line on the regional network with patronage nearly doubling since 2009.

The project will duplicate eight kilometres of track and upgrade signalling from South Geelong to Waurn Ponds to allow trains to pass each other and deliver more frequent and reliable services.

Level crossing removals at Fyans Street and Surf Coast Highway are a key part of the project, helping to reduce congestion and improve safety for the more than 70 trains and approximately 36,000 vehicles currently using these busy crossing each day.

The project will provide significant benefits for passengers, delivering five trains every hour at peak times for South Geelong, Marshall and Waurn Ponds commuters.

Work is progressing on the Waurn Ponds Station upgrade, as part of the first stage of investment on the Geelong line.

Construction will begin in the coming weeks on the new platform, track duplication and accessible overpass to allow more services to be extended to and from Waurn Ponds.

Passengers at South Geelong and Marshall stations can also look forward to upgraded facilities, including new second platforms and accessible overpasses.

In addition to upgraded station facilities, this project will include a business case to upgrade the 400-metre-long rail tunnel between Geelong and South Geelong to deliver more train services and greater frequency as part of a future stage of this vital project.

The Waurn Ponds Station upgrade and South Geelong to Waurn Ponds works are part of a staged program of improvements to upgrade the Geelong line, which also includes a stabling facility at Waurn Ponds.

The Australian and Victorian governments have invested more than $4 billion in upgrades to every regional passenger rail line in Victoria, creating more than 3000 jobs and local supplier opportunities. The two governments have also each committed $2 billion to the first stafe of the Geelong Fast Rail project, which will cut travel times between Geelong and Melbourne by up to 15 minutes.

Expressions of interest for the second stage of the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds rail upgrades close in March 2021, with more information available at tenders.vic.gov.au.