More passengers will be able to travel on Victoria’s regional rail network with the Coalition Government announcing that it would boost its existing order of rolling stock with local train manufacturer Bombardier.
Premier Denis Napthine and Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder attended the Bombardier factory in Dandenong today and revealed that the Coalition Government would purchase an extra $17 million VLocity train on top of its existing order of 40 new carriages.
“This new three-carriage train will be capable of seating an additional 228 passengers, each and every trip for commuters travelling from Traralgon, Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo,” Dr Napthine said.
“Previously, the Coalition Government announced a $261 million package to provide new rolling stock and associated infrastructure for the V/Line network. Thanks to good project management, we have been able to add this additional train to our existing order.
“This announcement means we are now boosting our VLocity train fleet by more than 32 per cent as part of my Government’s commitment to provide more public transport services, to move more people, more often.”
Mr Mulder said the locally made VLocity trains had a track record of being a reliable and comfortable mode of transport for regional Victorians.
“The Coalition Government’s investment in the public transport system is unparalleled with these new VLocity trains to run on the new $4.8 billion Regional Rail Link,” Mr Mulder said.
“The metropolitan train system is also benefiting from the 15 new X’Trapolis trains we have ordered – with seven already delivered – as well as the recently announced 25 next-generation, high capacity trains as a part of the $2-2.5 billion Cranbourne-Pakenham Rail Corridor project.
“This is in addition to 50 new trams, all of which are being built or assembled locally by Bombardier.”
The first of the 43 new VLocity railcars are due to be delivered in 2014, with the last of the trains expected to arrive in late 2016.