A preferred contractor has been selected for the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication, with the contract award expected in mid-2022.
The Djilang Alliance – comprising of McConnell Dowell Constructors Pty Ltd, Downer EDI Works Pty Ltd, Arup Australia Projects Pty Ltd and WSP Australia Pty Ltd was selected for the project.
The South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication will include around 8 kilometres of track duplication, elevated rail bridges to replace level crossings at Fyans Street and the Surf Coast Highway, and signalling upgrades.
South Geelong and Marshall stations will both be upgraded and will feature new station buildings, landscaped forecourts, second platforms and accessible pedestrian overpasses as part of the project.
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Early works, including the relocation of a Barwon Water pipeline, will commence soon, with major construction to follow later this year and a target completion date of late-2024.
The project will enable 5 trains per hour at peak times to travel from Marshall and Waurn Ponds stations, and 3 trains per hour between the peaks.
Community feedback from online consultation will be detailed in a report, expected to be released in the coming weeks.
The project is being delivered by the Australian and Victorian governments as part of more than $1 billion in rail upgrade projects between Geelong and Waurn Ponds.