Geelong Regional 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:

Upgrading freight connections to the Port

Heavy transports from Melbourne and the Western District travel via the Geelong Ring Road to the port of Geelong. Transport connections from the Geelong Ring Road to the port are not of the standard required to properly support this traffic. These links need to be upgraded urgently.

Constructing Bellarine Link (Geelong 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 the Midland Hwy to Bannockburn

Bannockburn has benefited from the opening of the Geelong Ring Road, with growth at the town forecast to increase by almost 90 per cent to more than 10,000 between now and 2036. Safety upgrades on the Midland Hwy to cope with growing traffic and to improve the connections between regional centres have been completed. Planning for the duplication of the Midland Hwy between Geelong and Bannockburn is underway and funding is required to complete road construction.

Project Champion

Guy Wilson-Browne, General Manager City Services, City of Greater Geelong.

What has been committed

State and Federal Government have committed:

  • $125 million for Geelong Ring Road Stage 4A, extending Geelong Ring Road to Anglesea Road
  • $110 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 Surf Coast Hwy
  • $50 million to modernise the Geelong Port rail lines
  • $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 Bellarine Link
  • $3.5 million to upgrade Shell Parade, improving road access to the Port of Geelong
  • $300,000+ to plan for the Midland Hwy duplication to Bannockburn.
  • funding to plan for the Midland Hwy duplication to Bannockburn.

What is required

Upgrading freight connections to the Port

A State Government commitment of:

  • $25 million to duplicate Bacchus Marsh Road between Geelong Ring Road and Princes Hwy. This will connect the Geelong Ring Road Employment Precinct to the Geelong Port
  • $6 million to upgrade four intersections along Shell Parade, which will improve road access for heavy traffic to the Port of Geelong.

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

A State Government commitment of:

  • Est $160 million to build Bellarine Link; connecting Baanip Boulevard to Barwon Heads Road.

Upgrading the Midland Hwy to Bannockburn

A Federal Government commitment of:

  • $265 million to duplicate the Midland Hwy to Bannockburn.

A commitment by State and Federal governments to embed GROW training, employment and procurement principles in all government projects within the region.