Arup chosen to work on major rail upgrade in Victoria

Trish Sunga Trish Sunga Australasia Press Office,Sydney
30 June 2022

The Djilang Alliance has today been awarded the contract to deliver the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication project.

The alliance brings together construction and design experts McConnell Dowell, Downer, Arup and WSP, who have formed the team to help deliver more frequent and reliable services and better stations for passengers on Victoria’s busiest regional rail line. 

The project includes:

  • Duplicating around 8km of track between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds 

  • Rebuilding South Geelong and Marshall stations: new station buildings and forecourts, second platforms and accessible pedestrian overpasses

  • Removing the level crossings at Fyans Street and Surf Coast Highway, replacing with elevated rail bridges

  • Upgrading signalling systems between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds

  • Creating more than 5km of new shared-use paths linking to existing trails and paths, making a continuous connection for cyclists and pedestrians for the first time between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds.


We are proud to be a part of the Djilang Alliance. Working as a coordinated team we will deliver significant transport improvements for the Geelong region. ” Liam O'Donohue Liam O’Donohue Victoria Leader

Arup and WSP are jointly providing full engineering and design for the track duplication and grade separation infrastructure, including designing the new station buildings and precincts at Marshall and South Geelong and providing integrated landscape architecture and urban design. 

Rachel Nicholls, Design Manager, Arup explains, “Stations are no longer seen as just transport hubs, they are places for people and the community. 

“There will be quality public realms, enabling pedestrians and cyclists to move safely, along with new trees, permeable surfaces and water sensitive urban design. Together these features will create a sense of place as well as a more sustainable and comfortable experience as people gather or move through the precincts.”

When the work concludes, five trains will run every hour at peak times and the new elevated rail bridges will improve travel times and safety, and ease congestion for more than 36,000 motorists who drive through these intersections each day.

Currently a rail-dominated corridor, the new station precincts and grade separation sites will cater for the whole community, not just rail users, by increasing safety for pedestrians and improving active transport and motor vehicle connections. ” Rachel Nicholls Rachel Nicholls Design Manager

Early works are progressing, including the relocation of a Barwon Water pipeline, with major construction to follow later this year and a target completion date of late-2024. 

The project forms part of the Victorian and Australian governments’ investment of more than $1 billion in rail upgrades between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds and is part of the Regional Rail Revival program.