Geelong Ring Road Connections

Transport Pillar

The Need

The state and federal governments have invested, and over coming years will continue to invest, significant funding to develop the Geelong Ring Road and Princes Hwy West. These are very important projects for the region both to cope with continued strong population growth and to capture benefits from economic development in the Barwon South West region of Victoria.

The G21 region is already the fastest growing region in Victoria. The opening of the Geelong Ring Road has intensified this by bringing many existing townships within ready commuting distance of Melbourne. When combined with generally lower land prices and the lifestyle benefits, this provides an attractive alternative to many who would otherwise settle on the fringes of Melbourne.

To capture the maximum value from this major investment, a number of road links need to be completed.

Project Aim

To complete or develop key links from the Geelong Ring Road including:

Constructing Bellarine Link (Ring Road extension) to the Bellarine Peninsula

Development plans for Armstrong Creek define a corridor for the East-West connection linking Baanip Blvd to Barwon Heads Road. A detailed corridor planning study to determine the alignment between Barwon Heads Road and Portarlington is underway. Funding will be required to complete road construction.

Upgrading freight connections from the Geelong Ring Road to the Port of Geelong

Heavy transports have embraced the Geelong Ring Road as their preferred route from western Victoria, through Geelong and onto Melbourne. The Port of Geelong is a key destination but connections from the Geelong Ring Road to the port are not of the required standard to properly support this traffic. These links need to be reviewed and upgraded urgently.

Upgrading the Midland Hwy to Bannockburn

The Economic and Land Use Impacts of the Geelong Ring Road study shows that centres close to the Geelong Ring Road will be a focus of population and industry growth. Bannockburn is growing rapidly and new land releases are in train to cope with demand. Safety upgrades have been implemented to cope with growing traffic and to improve connections between regional centres. Planning for the duplication of the Midland Hwy between Geelong and Bannockburn needs to be completed.

Project Champion

William Tieppo, General Manager City Services, City of Greater Geelong.

What has been committed

The Federal Government has committed:

  • $62.5 million for Geelong Ring Road Stage 4A, extending the Geelong Ring Road to Anglesea Road
  • $45 million for Geelong Ring Road Stage 4B, extending Anglesea Road to Princes Hwy West
  • $50 million for modernising the rail lines at Geelong Port
  • $300,000 to plan for duplication of the Midland Hwy to Bannockburn.

The State Government has committed:

  • $62.5 million for Geelong Ring Road Stage 4A, extending Geelong Ring Road to Anglesea Road
  • $65 million for Geelong Ring Road Stage 4B, extending Anglesea Road to Princes Hwy West
  • $90.4 million for Geelong Ring Road Stage 4C, connecting Geelong Ring Road to the Surf Coast Hwy
  • $10 million to build overtaking lanes on the Midland Hwy between Bannockburn and Meredith
  • $4 million for a detailed corridor planning study determining alignment of connection from Armstrong Creek to Portarlington Road
  • $3.5 million upgrade of Shell Parade, improving road access to the Port of Geelong
  • $3 million to construct noise barriers along the Geelong Ring Road
  • $300,000 to investigate the viability of rail services between South Geelong to Drysdale and Grovedale to Torquay
  • funds to plan for the duplication of the Midland Hwy to Bannockburn.

What is required

Constructing Bellarine Link (Geelong Ring Road extension) To the Bellarine Peninsula

A State Government commitment of:

  • $350 million for the construction of the Bellarine Link, connecting Baanip Boulevard to Portarlington Road.

Upgrading freight connections from the Geelong Ring Road to the Port of Geelong

A State Government commitment of:

  • $17.6 million to complete duplication of the Bacchus Marsh Road between the Geelong Ring Road and Princes Highway. Actions include the construction of the Broderick Road ramps and the connection of the Geelong Ring Road Employment Precinct to the Geelong Port.

Upgrading the Midland Hwy to Bannockburn

A Federal Government commitment of:

  • $120-$160 million for detailed planning and construction of the Midland Hwy to Bannockburn.