New V/Line Facility For Ballarat

New V/Line Facility For Ballarat

Victoria Minister for Regional Cities Denis Napthine

V/Line Maintenance Facility Brings 30 Jobs To Ballarat

Victor P Taffa

Up to 30 new ongoing jobs will be created when a new V/Line train maintenance facility opens in Ballarat East by the end of the year, Minister for Regional Cities Denis Napthine announced today.

The $16.5 Million project involves construction of a three track maintenance facility so V/Line trains can be serviced or repaired when stabled overnight.

Previously trains were maintained solely in Melbourne. Global rail company Bombardier maintains all of the V/Line train fleet and has been involved in the design and construction of the new facility.

Dr. Napthine said Bombardier would move some jobs from Melbourne to Ballarat while others will be created as new positions.

 

“V/Line and Bombardier are confident the people of Ballarat have the skills required to work at this new facility and will be looking to fill these new positions with locals.” Dr. Napthine said.

“This is great news for Ballarat and Western Victoria. With 128 new VLocity carriages in service and six more on the way this promises to be a strong and long-term employment prospect for the region.”

“V/Line is already one of the bigger employers in Ballarat with 107 staff directly employed and up to 40 more indirectly employed through train and station cleaning and maintenance contracts.”

“As the Coalition Government continues to re-open railway stations in country Victoria and with our commitment to the Regional Rail Link, more jobs will continue to open up in this sector.” Dr. Napthine said.

V/Line Chief Executive Officer Rob Barnett said the new facility would make a big difference to V/Line’s operations.

“A small repair and fuel depot currently exists in Ballarat East. This multi-million dollar expansion is part of VLine’s longer term strategy to move VLocity train maintenance from Melbourne to regional cities like Ballarat and Geelong.” Mr. Barnett said.

“This can potentially mean less cancellations or carriage reductions due to problems that will be addressed here in Ballarat rather than taking the trains back to Melbourne for repair and minor maintenance.”

“The new facility is being built mindful of accommodating a future overhead crane and train jacks which will allow for heavy maintenance, including engine swaps and bogie replacements in the future.” Mr. Barnett said.