VLocity V/Line Now On Track

VLocity V/Line Now On Track

Victoria Premier Denis Napthine

Victoria Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder

First Three Of 43 New Vlocity Railcars Carrying V/Line Passengers

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  • First three of 43 new V/Line VLocity railcars begin carrying passengers today
  • Each three car set has seating for 228 passengers

V/Line travellers on the Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Seymour and Traralgon lines are set to benefit as the first three of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $261 Million order for 43 new VLocity railcars start carrying passengers, Premier Denis Napthine said today.

 

 

 

“I am delighted to announce that the first three of 43 VLocity railcars will start carrying V/Line passengers from today.” Dr. Napthine said.

Dr. Napthine said that the new three-car VLocity train seated 228 passengers, in comfort, and was fully accessible.

“Victorians love V/Line. Over the past nine years, V/Line patronage has almost doubled to 14.47 Million passenger trips a year, and we expect demand will continue to grow when Regional Rail Link opens new stations in April 2015.” Dr. Napthine said.

“The 43 new rail cars will allow more trains to run more often on the Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong lines and increase the carrying capacity on other routes served by these Vlocity trains.” Dr. Napthine said.

Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said the new VLocity railcars were being manufactured in Dandenong South with approximately 70 % local content, securing 70 local jobs.

“V/Line’s network is continuing to expand, with the two new railway stations at Epsom and Waurn Ponds making V/Line services available to more Victorians.” Mr. Mulder said.

VIC Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder

VIC Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In particular, the Waurn Ponds station has been very popular, with more and more Surf Coast residents becoming aware that they can park free at the station and enjoy a comfortable trip to Southern Cross.

Member for South Barwon Andrew Katos said that planning was well advanced for an upgrade to the Geelong stabling yard, which is part of the Coalition Government’s $261 Million investment in the new railcars.

“The upgraded Geelong stabling yard will have space for 48 carriages, which is further evidence of how important Geelong is to V/Line’s statewide passenger rail network.” Mr. Katos said.

Mr. Mulder highlighted that there were also significant benefits for Ballarat.

“This investment in Geelong by the Coalition Government is on top of $1.1 Million in works completed at Ballarat East to ensure that three car VLocity trains can be efficiently maintained.” Mr. Mulder said.