Passengers on the Geelong line will benefit from more reliable trains after major track, signal and platform upgrades are completed during a statewide autumn transport construction blitz.
Works have been timed over the Easter holiday period to cause the least impact for passengers as the Andrews Labor Government gets on with an unprecedented investment in transport infrastructure across the state.
During the blitz, crews will be working around the clock to upgrade a bridge at Little River, install high-voltage signalling at Corio and replace a large section of track at North Geelong.
There will also be platform upgrades at South Geelong Station and minor repairs and maintenance at Geelong Station.
Minor upgrades will also be carried out at the Regional Rail Link junction at Sunshine, where trains from the Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo lines merge, further improving reliability for Geelong line trains.
Coaches will replace all Geelong line trains between Waurn Ponds and Southern Cross station from Tuesday 16 April until Sunday 21 April.
On the Warrnambool line, coaches will replace trains for all or part of the journey between Warrnambool and Geelong from Saturday 6 April to Monday 15 April, extending all the way through to Southern Cross from Tuesday 16 April until Sunday 21 April due to the works on the Geelong line.
Trains will resume normal services on Easter Monday 22 April, ensuring Cats fans can travel by train to the blockbuster AFL game between Geelong and Hawthorn at the MCG.
Detailed planning is underway on the Labor Government’s Geelong Line Upgrade which will include a second platform, new track and a pedestrian link at Waurn Ponds.
Passengers are encouraged to plan ahead before travelling, with detailed travel information available at ptv.vic.gov.au. For more information about Victoria’s Big Build, visit bigbuild.com.au
Quotes attributable to Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan
“The Geelong line is Victoria’s fastest-growing and busiest regional rail corridor – that’s why we’re getting on with this massive maintenance blitz over Easter.”
“We’re asking passengers to plan ahead as we deliver these essential maintenance works to keep trains running smoothly.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne
“We’ve scheduled these maintenance works during school holidays to reduce the impact on passengers.”
“We thank everyone for their patience while we get this work done and look forward to normal services resuming from 22 April.”