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Geelong Fast Rail, Victoria, Australia

Planning a high-speed rail corridor between Melbourne and Geelong

In Victoria, Australia, the biggest transport construction program in the State’s history is underway. Victoria’s Big Build is a program of major rail, road, tunnel and active transport upgrades to the State’s transport network, creating tens of thousands of jobs.

Rail Projects Victoria is the Victorian Government body responsible for the delivery of Melbourne Airport Rail, the Metro Tunnel Project, Regional Rail Revival, Sunbury Line Upgrade and the Western Rail Plan.

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.

Images courtesy of Rail Projects Victoria.

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