Geotechnical investigations are underway along the Werribee rail corridor in Victoria to determine the best outcome for faster services on the Geelong Line.
Up to 40 boreholes, between three metres and 25 metres deep, will be dug as part of extensive site investigations.
In addition, site inspections, surveys, geotechnical drilling, and sampling are planned as part of the works.
Information gathered will help to refine the scope, cost, and timing of the first stage of Geelong Fast Rail, which aims to cut travel times between Geelong and Melbourne to around 50 minutes.
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Site investigations will take place primarily within or near the rail corridor at locations from Newport to Werribee, with around 300 individual locations earmarked for a combination of boreholes or cone penetration tests, all of which are carefully controlled geotechnical investigations and minimally disruptive.
This upgrade will complement works already underway further down the state’s busiest regional rail line to increase frequency and reliability including the Waurn Ponds Station upgrade, Waurn Ponds stabling and the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds