Aurecon, in joint venture with Jacobs and Mott MacDonald, is providing technical advice, planning, and detailed investigation services to Rail Projects Victoria for Geelong Fast Rail.
Delivering faster services for Geelong
Geelong is Victoria’s second largest city and the second fastest growing city in Australia and population is expected to grow by almost 50 per cent in the next 30 years.
The Australian and Victorian governments have committed $2 billion each to Geelong Fast Rail, and revealed Stage One of the project, which will deliver faster train journeys between Geelong and Melbourne.
The Werribee corridor has been selected as the route to deliver faster services, with new dedicated track between Werribee and Laverton for Geelong trains, cutting average travel times for passengers by up to 15 minutes. In addition, running Geelong services on the Werribee corridor frees up room for more trains to Melbourne’s west and regional Victoria including Wyndham, Melton, Ballarat and Bendigo that run on the Sunshine corridor.
The scope for Stage One includes:
New express track dedicated to regional services (between Werribee and Laverton)
Upgrades to bridges over main roads
Station upgrades at Werribee and Laverton
New bridges and culverts over creeks and rivers
Signalling and train control system upgrades
Construction of Geelong Fast Rail is expected to be underway from 2023, subject to relevant planning, environmental and government approvals.
The joint venture team is undertaking detailed planning and technical investigations to inform the first stage.
As the Geelong region continues to grow, building faster rail links and better services will benefit the movement of people and goods. Aurecon is providing specialist technical advice to make this major rail investment a reality for Victorians.