Mobile coverage for regional passengers
Passengers on Victoria’s five busiest regional rail lines will experience better mobile coverage - with signal boosters now fitted to about a quarter of V/Line’s Vlocity trains.
The $18 million Regional Rail Connectivity Project will fit the entire Vlocity fleet fitted with boosters and construct 35 new mobile towers to deliver better coverage on the Traralgon, Geelong, Bendigo, Seymour and Ballarat lines.
Passengers will know they are catching a train fitted with a booster when they see stickers telling them they are on a connected train.
With more than 15.5 million passengers travelling each year, the project will let more Victorians work during their long commutes and deliver an estimated $20 million to the economy each year.
The project, being delivered with the help of Telstra, Vodafone and Optus, is part of making regional Victoria a more attractive place to live, visit and do business.
It builds on existing connectivity projects like free Wi-Fi in Bendigo and Ballarat, 166 new towers to fix mobile blackspots and the $45 million Connecting Regional Communities Program.
More information on the project and other programs to improve digital connectivity can be found on Connecting Victoria.