Bendigo Line Patronage Up By 4 % In 2016/17 Compared To Previous Financial Year

Bendigo Line Patronage Up By 4 % In 2016/17 Compared To Previous Financial Year

Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

Capacity Doubled For Two Peak Bendigo Trains

Victor P Taffa

Bendigo passengers are set to benefit from added capacity on their regional rail service, with 3 new VLocity carriages allocated to 2 peak services today.

“New train carriages will double capacity on 2 busy Bendigo services and passengers will get a more comfortable journey starting today.” Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said.

“We’re delivering new trains, a better Bendigo station and more services so people can get to and from Bendigo more comfortably and sooner.”

Passengers will see a more comfortable journey on the 7:00 am weekday service from Epsom to Southern Cross as well as the 5:53 pm from Southern Cross Station to Bendigo, in addition to the 3 carriages added to the 4:02 pm service from Southern Cross Station in January this year.

Bendigo line is getting busier, with patronage jumping by around 4 % in 2016/17 compared with the previous financial year.

In November, more than 234,000 passengers travelled on the Bendigo line, a 12 % increase from the same month last year.

“We know Bendigo is growing so we’re providing a record investment now and planning for the future.” Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said.

“These new carriages will help boost capacity and provide a better service for local passengers.”

V/Line regularly monitors patronage and as new carriages become available, they are added where they are needed the most.

On average, more than 1.2 Million of 1.7 Million V/Line passenger trips on are taken on VLocity trains each month.

Andrews Government has ordered 87 VLocity carriages with 31 added to the V/Line network since October 2016.

Some have been assigned to services on the Bendigo, Traralgon, Geelong, and Ballarat lines, while others have been used as maintenance spares, ensuring capacity on some of the busiest services across the network and increasing the flexibility of the V/Line fleet.

2017/18 Victorian Budget included $311.1 Million for 39 new carriages, building on the existing order of 48, which continue to roll off the production line and into service.

VIC Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

 

 

 

 

VLocity trains travel in 3 and 6-carriage configurations and run on the following lines:

  • Ararat,
  • Ballarat,
  • Bendigo,
  • Echuca,
  • Geelong,
  • Maryborough,
  • Seymour,
  • Traralgon.