Waurn Ponds Duplication project
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The Waurn Ponds Duplication project will see the duplication of the Geelong rail line between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds stations, increasing the capacity of the line to accommodate population growth.
In FY2016-17 the Victorian and Federal Governments allocated funding towards the $4 million South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Planning Project, which developed the business case for the project by examining signalling and asset upgrade options along the rail corridor, including the South Geelong tunnel.
In May 2018 the business case was submitted to Infrastructure Australia (IA) for consideration. The project is expected to comprise:
- duplication of 11 kilometres of track between Waurn Ponds and South Geelong;
- removal of level crossings at Fyans Street and Surf Coast Highway; and
- upgrades to South Geelong and Marshall train stations
A business case to improve the 400-metre-long South Geelong tunnel bottleneck will also be developed through the project.
In the lead up to the 2018 Victorian State Election the Victorian Government announced that it would provide $147 million towards the project if re-elected, while seeking the remaining $589 million from the Federal Government's National Rail Program. The Federal Government committed $50 million towards the project in its 2018-19 Budget over 2018-19 to 2022-23.
The Victorian Government has indicated that it expects construction of the project to begin in 2020 and be completed by 2023.
Complementary to the project is the separate $160 million Geelong Line Upgrade that is part of the Regional Rail Revival program of works being managed by Rail Projects Victoria. The Upgrade will see:
- a second platform and pedestrian link at Waurn Ponds station’
- a passing loop at Waurn Ponds; and
- corridor planning for a connection to Armstrong Creek from Marshall station.
Site investigations for the Upgrade are underway, with works expected to commence in 2020 and be completed by 2021.
IA lists Melbourne – Geelong rail capacity enhancement as a Long Term (10-15 year) Priority Initiative on its Infrastructure Priority List. Infrastructure Victoria notes in it's 30 year strategy that the duplication of the Geelong Line between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds is an example of its recommended Regional rail upgrades.
Last reviewed: 23/08/2018