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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.

Registrations of interest are now open for organisations interested in tendering for elements of Geelong Fast Rail.

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.

Scope

  • 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.

Service delivery

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.

Project delivery

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.

Next steps

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.

Geelong Line investment

The Victorian Government announced $2 billion for stage one of Geelong Fast Rail in the 2020/21 Victorian Budget, matching the Australian Government’s $2 billion funding commitment to enable faster services between Geelong and Melbourne.

This project is just one part of a series of investments along the Geelong Line, to support the delivery of more frequent and reliable train services for Victoria’s fastest growing regional city.

The Victorian and Australian governments are also investing more than a billion dollars to upgrade the Geelong Line as part of the Regional Rail Revival program, which is upgrading every regional passenger rail line and creating 3000 jobs and local supplier opportunities across the state.

This includes the Waurn Ponds Station upgrade, the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication project and Waurn Ponds stabling.

Registration of interest

Now that stage one of Geelong Fast Rail has been announced, Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) is looking to commence a market engagement process to gain feedback from the industry and finalise the best procurement approach.

This first stage of market engagement will see registrations of interest sought from suitably experienced and qualified organisations interested in tendering for elements of Geelong Fast Rail including design/engineering, construction and rail systems/rail infrastructure providers.

Responses to the ROI must be submitted in accordance with the information outlined in the ROI Response Schedule (DOCX, 883.7 KB). No other information is to be submitted. Responses to this ROI are to be submitted by email to GFR-Procurement@railprojects.vic.gov.au.

Each successful registrant will obtain access to a dedicated electronic data room that will be utilised over time to provide more detailed information about the project including an overview of the scope for our proposed packaging solution and the indicative procurement approach. RPV will also seek feedback from some successful registrants on a targeted basis in relation to a number of matters relating to packaging and procurement.

ICN Gateway company registration

Local suppliers and contractors that would not be part of a consortia directly tendering for Geelong Fast Rail can continue to register their details on the ICN Gateway and these details can then be passed on to potential tendering organisations after the procurement process for stage one of Geelong Fast Rail has commenced.

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Stay updated about the progress of the project by registering for email updates.

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