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Victorian government funding Geelong freight network

The government’s funding will free up critical freight routes

The Victorian government is investing $330 million into the South Geelong region to improve the area’s transport and freight network.

The works include local and major road upgrades, such as the Barwon Heads Road upgrade, as well as delivering more frequent and reliable train services on the Geelong Line as part of the Geelong Line upgrade.

Up to $2.2 million is being invested to resurface 3.8 kilometres along the Geelong Ring Road as part of the Victorian government’s annual road maintenance blitz to make roads in the region safer and more efficient for freight and heavy vehicles.

Resealing works on the Geelong bound lanes of the Surf Coast Highway between Dickins Road and Mt Duneed Road have been completed, adding to previous improvements made to the highway including the flexible safety barriers and hybrid roundabouts in 2019.

In addition, $1.4 million has delivered side road activated speeds at three high risk Mount Moriac intersections.

Duplication works in the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds route will result in around eight kilometres of train track and upgraded signalling being updated, according to the Victorian government.

This will enable five more trains per hour during peak times and three per hour between it for growing communities such as Marshall and Waurn Ponds.

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The Victorian government says all of these works will combine to make transport for freight companies easier through the area.

“The South Geelong region is growing – that’s why we’ve made this investment in improving the transport network to better connect people and get them where they need to go,” Victorian roads minister Ben Carroll says.

“Whether it’s vital maintenance projects on local roads or major projects like the Geelong Line upgrade, we’re connecting locals and making it easier for freight to travel through.”

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