Passengers will soon have access to the south side of the newly upgraded Waurn Ponds Station.
Crews will next month build the new shared user path that will link to the existing pedestrian footpath on Baanip Boulevard and connect to the station’s southern entrance.
The path – which is about 430 metres long and three metres wide – will run alongside Muir Road and means locals will be able to access the second platform, ramp, stairs and pedestrian overpass from the south side.
The new path will include CCTV and lighting to provide a safer connection to the station for cyclists and pedestrians from growing communities in Mount Duneed and Armstrong Creek.
Locals accessing the station from the south side will also be able to use new bike storage and hoops installed, as part of the Waurn Ponds Station upgrade.
Member for South Barwon Darren Cheeseman thanked all residents who signed his petition calling for the footpath extension and pedestrian access to the south side of Waurn Ponds Station. Launched early February, the ‘Pedestrian Access to Waurn Ponds Station’ petition has amassed over 500 signatures.
Construction of the new path is scheduled for completion by mid this year. The new second platform and pedestrian overpass, as well as ramps, lifts and stairs will become operational following commissioning and critical safety testing in the coming months.
The new forecourt and car park at Waurn Ponds Station opened to locals earlier this year, following the completion of major works. It includes more than 500 car parking spaces to make it easier for locals to park and take the train, as well as a new drop-off zone, upgraded security and better passenger information.
The Waurn Ponds Station upgrade is the first step in duplicating the rail line between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds to deliver more frequent and reliable services for passengers on the state's busiest regional rail line.
The upgrade forms part of the Australian and Victorian governments’ investment of more than $4 billion in the Regional Rail Revival program, which is upgrading every passenger rail line in Victoria and creating more than 3,000 jobs and local supplier opportunities.
Quotes attributable to Member for South Barwon Darren Cheeseman
“This is a community win. Thank you to all residents who made this possible by signing my petition calling for pedestrian access from the south side of Waurn Ponds Station.”
“We’ve transformed Waurn Ponds Station – and now we’re ensuring passengers will be able
to easily access the southern entrance by getting on with building this new shared user path.”
“Works will get underway next month – making it easier and quicker for locals to get on a train
and get to where they need to go.”