Station upgrade first step to better rail
Waurn Ponds rail passengers can look forward to a better train station and increased train services, with an upgrade of Waurn Ponds Station being delivered as part of the $110 million Geelong Line Upgrade Stage 1.
The concept designs for the station upgrade include more than 200 new and upgraded car parking spaces, better security, more myki readers and better passenger information.
The upgrade will deliver more than 90 new car parking spaces west of the station – between the rail line and Bodega Street – and seal 120 existing gravel spaces nearby and boost the number of disability parking spaces.
A new drop off zone will also be created, and secure bike storage will be installed on the south side of the station –making it quicker and easier for everyone in the community to get to the station by car or bike.
The Waurn Ponds Station upgrade will build a second platform on the south side of the station – with an accessible pedestrian overpass connecting it to the existing platform.
Rail Projects Victoria is seeking feedback from the Waurn Ponds community on the station upgrade, which will inform the final designs.
Work is already underway on the $114 million Warrnambool Line Upgrade, which will boost services, improve reliability and pave the way for modern VLocity trains to run all the way to Warrnambool for the first time.
And just days ago the state and federal governments signed off on the Melbourne Airport Rail Link project – which will pave the way for fast rail to Geelong, through the Western Rail Plan.
Crucial to the realisation of better regional rail links is the duplication of the rail line between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds, which will deliver a new stabling area and remove level crossings at Fyans Street and Surf Coast Highway.
The extra capacity this upgrade will deliver will enable faster, more frequent and reliable train services from Waurn Ponds to Melbourne and allow additional services to run from Warrnambool.
In August 2018, the state government announced it would provide $147 million towards the project; the federal government is yet to allocate funding for the duplication.
G21 will heavily campaign for this in the upcoming federal election.
Note: Major track, signal and platform upgrades are scheduled for the Geelong rail line during the Easter school holidays. For more information click here.