Geelong Fast Rail
The Australian and Victorian governments have announced the first stage of Geelong Fast Rail, which will deliver faster services with a travel time of around 50 minutes between Geelong and Melbourne.
The Werribee corridor has been selected as the route to deliver faster services for Geelong, with new dedicated track between Werribee and Laverton for Geelong trains, cutting average travel times for passengers by up to 15 minutes.
Stage 1: Werribee to Newport
Delivering faster services between Geelong and Melbourne’s CBD with a travel time of around 50 minutes enabled through a major investment to the Werribee corridor.
- New 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.
These upgrades will deliver faster services between Geelong and Melbourne.
Further work is required to determine the final service plan, however a number of Geelong services per hour will run via the Werribee corridor to Southern Cross Station during the peak.
Some Geelong trains will continue to travel via Wyndham Vale and Sunshine, providing Geelong passengers with access to Melbourne’s growing western suburbs and an opportunity to change at Sunshine for Melbourne Airport trains.
Subject to statutory planning approvals, initial works are expected to commence in 2023 subject to relevant Victorian and Federal planning, environmental and other government approvals.
Benefits of the Werribee corridor
The Werribee route is the shortest and most direct rail path between Geelong and Melbourne, around eight kilometres shorter than the current route that travels through the western suburbs via Sunshine.
Running faster Geelong services via the Werribee corridor enables both more frequent and faster services in the long term, and builds on more than $1 billion of work already underway to improve services on the Geelong corridor including the Waurn Ponds Station Upgrade, Waurn Ponds Stabling and the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication.
Further work on costings for these important improvements is underway.
Rail Projects Victoria will continue to undertake detailed planning, costing and technical investigations to determine the scope of future investments.