Annual review of the Transport Pillar
This year has been all about rail, rail, rail! A competitive federal election led to the two major parties committing $700 million to the rail duplication between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds. Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the project is now fully funded, which is a major win for the entire region. The rail duplication is essential to faster and more frequent services between Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool.
It doesn’t end there – a further $2 billion for fast-rail between Melbourne and Geelong was promised by the Federal Government. However, significantly more funding will be needed to allow the project to proceed.
The State Government has already announced plans for upgraded rail services between Geelong and Melbourne and the City of Greater Geelong has done scoping work in this area.
We urge all levels of government to work together to achieve the best and earliest solutions for the region’s rail issues. Inferior rail services are holding the G21 region back.
An upgrade to the Waurn Ponds Station is underway. A new platform and extra track will create enough space for trains to pass each other, which means more Geelong services can be extended to and from Waurn Ponds and reliability of the service can be improved.
The Pillar has revised its Geelong Ring Road Connections Priority Project to include other major regional road projects. Road projects recognised in the G21 Region Road Transport Plan 2017-2027 will guide expansion of our growing transport system and development of road transport infrastructure.
The Barwon Heads Road duplication has begun. Detailed design work is currently underway, and as well as an extra road lane, the upgrade will build new bike lanes, upgrade intersections, install new traffic lights and street lighting.
From G21's Report to the Region