Major Contract

South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication

PROJECT STATUS
Under Procurement
South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication

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

The project includes:

  • duplication of eight kilometres of track between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds
  • rebuilding South Geelong and Marshall stations
  • level crossing removals at Fyans Street and Surf Coast Highway
  • signalling upgrades
  • five kilometres of new shared user paths, creating a continuous connection between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds, and
  • development of a business case for further upgrades, including the rail tunnel between Geelong and South Geelong and the line over the Barwon River.

The project is part of the staged upgrade of the Geelong Line, with other minor packages set to upgrade the existing station and to deliver a new train maintenance and stabling facility at Waurn Ponds.

Further, work on Barwon Heads Road Duplication – delivered separately by Major Road Projects Victoria – will remove another level crossing in Marshall. 

Key Dates

Jan 2021 EOIs Open
Mar 2021 EOIs Close
Jul 2022 Expected Contract Award
Dec 2022 Expected Construction Commencement
Dec 2024 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

Federal Government
Victorian Government

 The 2020-21 Victorian Budget allocated $899 million in funding for Stage Two of the project. This included $754 million of Federal funding.

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Rail Projects Victoria
Shortlist: CUBG, comprising CPB Contractors, UGL, Beca and GHD, and the Djilang Alliance, comprising McConnell Dowell, Downer, Arup and WSP
Related contracts:
Stage One - Geelong Line Upgrade
Successful Tenderer - Downer

PROJECT HISTORY

Dec 2016 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.
May 2018 In May 2018 the business case for Stage Two was submitted to Infrastructure Australia for consideration.
Aug 2018 Infrastructure Australia released their project evaluation of Waurn Ponds Duplication project Stage 2, finding the project had a Benefit Cost Ratio of 0.6 and therefore did not add the project to its Infrastructure Priority List.
Oct 2018 Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for Stage 1One were called for in October 2018.
Jan 2020 On 29 January 2020 Downer were awarded the contract for Stage One.
Oct 2020 The Federal Government's 2020-21 Budget brought forward $605 million into the forward estimates in order to accelerate Stages Two and Three of the project.
Nov 2020 Funding for Stage Three business case was allocated in the 2020-21 along with Victorian Budget's allocation of funding for Stage Two of the project.
Jan 2021 Rail Projects Victoria opened Expressions of Interest for Stage Two, closing on 11 March 2021. As part of the tender process, shortlisted proponents may be expected to include additional scope for a new rail viaduct over Barwon River and Waurn Ponds Creek, and for the replacement of the existing rail bridge over the Barwon River. The EOI documentation confirmed that, alternatively, the successful proponent may be required to prepare an additional scope proposal under the Project Alliance Agreement.
Aug 2021 Rail Projects Victoria shortlisted two consortia to design and construct the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication. The shortlisted bidders were CUBG, comprising CPB Contractors, UGL, Beca and GHD, and the Djilang Alliance, comprising McConnell Dowell, Downer, Arup and WSP. The contract award was expected by mid-2022, with construction expected to start in late 2022 and be completed by late 2024.
Estimated Total Cost
(2021)
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Alliance | Unconfirmed |
Location
Victoria | National |
Infrastructure Australia status
Not listed
Resources
Infrastructure agency resources
Infrastructure Australia Project Evaluation Summary