Major works are now complete on the Waurn Ponds Station Upgrade, allowing passengers to benefit from more frequent and reliable train services on the Warrnambool Rail Line, Victoria.
The works will allow for commissioning and critical safety testing to take place later this year.
The upgrade also includes a transformed main entrance to give locals better access to the station, as well as more than 200 new car parking spaces, better security, and improved passenger information.
A second platform was built on the south side of the station, with an accessible pedestrian overpass connecting it to the existing platform.
Final fit outs on the second platform will be completed in early 2022, including line marking and seating installation.
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Commissioning will include relocating a live signalling box from the rail corridor to allow the final 50-metre section of rail to be installed, and completing track duplication at the station. More than 2000 sleepers and 2.9 kilometres of new rail has already been laid.
Major earthworks have also continued at the site for the new train stabling and maintenance facility near Waurn Ponds, which will allow track installation works to take place this year.
Crews have since installed drainage and commenced work on the new track to link the main line to the stabling facility – which will support the extension of services on the line to Waurn Ponds.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the project is being delivered by the Australian and Victorian governments, as part of a $511 million commitment across the Warrnambool Rail Line.
“This project is another example of the Australian Government’s determination to provide for the people of Victoria, to make sure the infrastructure they need and deserve is funded and delivered,” Joyce said.
“The Australian Government is committed to helping to connect communities and improve safety, while also creating jobs and supporting our economic recovery.”
Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said a new forecourt and drop off zone will also open to the public after safety inspections take place this year.
“We’re getting on with these works to make Waurn Ponds station safer, more user-friendly and easier to get to,” Allan said.
“The upgrade is part of our massive investment in better train services to Geelong and Victoria’s south west.”
Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said the Waurn Ponds Station Upgrade is a one of many major transformative infrastructure projects being delivered by the Morrison Government across regional Victoria.
“These works will increase the capacity, reliability and frequency of services, which is fantastic news for commuters, who will be better able to get to where they need to be,” Henderson said.
“The Waurn Ponds Station Upgrade includes a transformed main entrance to give better access to the station, more than 200 new car parking spaces, better security, and improved passenger information for commuters and visitors alike.”