Station upgrade works to continue over summer

An artist's impression of the Waurn Ponds train station uprade. (Supplied) 260812_01

Ash Bolt

Upgrades to the Waurn Ponds train station will be taking place over the coming weeks as part of the wider upgrade of the Geelong line.

The state government has planned a summer works blitz, which will include a new station forecourt at Waurn Ponds to transform the main entrance to the station.

New paving, seating and pedestrian paths will be installed to provide improved links between the car park and station for passengers, and make the station more accessible.

Ramps connecting to the new pedestrian overpass will also be lifted into place, with fittings for the stairs, ramps and overpass to be finalised.

Major earthworks for the new train stabling and maintenance facility near Waurn Ponds station will continue, to enable track installation to start next year.

The stabling facility will support additional services on the Geelong line, and will include six stabling tracks to store and fuel trains.

Work to upgrade the Warrnambool line will also progress while trains aren’t running, with signalling infrastructure to be installed at Boorcan to support the crossing loop’s operation.

Coaches will replace trains between Warrnambool and Geelong, and buses will replace trains between Waurn Ponds and South Geelong until Sunday, December 12.

The Waurn Ponds station upgrade project includes the construction of a second platform on the south side of the station with shelters and seating, track duplication to enable trains to pass each other, and the new pedestrian overpass to provide access between the two platforms.

There will also be car park improvements to provide around 90 new parking spaces, as well as sealing of 120 existing gravel spaces, a new drop-off zone and improved CCTV, lighting and information displays.