Investing in transport for a better Geelong
Better connections between Geelong and Melbourne and easier travel within the region will make Victoria’s biggest regional city better than ever to live, work and invest in.
The Victorian government has matched the Commonwealth’s contribution of $2 billion for the first stage of Geelong Fast Rail, delivering time savings of up to 15 minutes between Melbourne and Geelong.
Patronage on the Geelong line has grown 191 per cent between 2009 and 2019, and with Geelong’s population expected to almost double to 485,000 by 2051, demand for faster connections and increased capacity is growing.
Stage One of the project will deliver faster services to Geelong through dedicated new tracks on the more direct Werribee rail corridor. Some Geelong services will continue to run via Sunshine and Wyndham Vale providing reliable connections to Melbourne’s western suburbs as well as to Melbourne Airport Rail.
Alongside delivering the modern regional rail services a growing Victoria needs, Geelong Fast Rail will be a significant driver of jobs for the region, with Stage One set to deliver more than 2800 local jobs when construction begins in 2023.
Geelong Fast Rail builds on more than $1 billion of works already underway to improve the Geelong rail corridor, including an upgrade of Waurn Ponds Station and the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication, which will duplicate a key section of track to deliver more frequent and reliable services for passengers.
The Government is also delivering upgrades that provide immediate improvements to Victorians’ travel experience and deliver much-needed local jobs as the state recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.
North Geelong, North Shore and Lara stations will share in $24 million of upgrades to make train stations across the state safer and more comfortable, and the Corio to Waurn Ponds section of the Geelong Line will see the benefits of a $90.5 million package to upgrade track and level crossing upgrades across the regional network.
Geelong residents and visitors to the state’s south-west over the busy summer period will notice significant improvements to roads in the region, with the $117 million Drysdale Bypass now complete, boosting safety and delivering smoother and more efficient travel through the Bellarine Peninsula by diverting trucks off High Street.