Design unveiled for new North East VLocity trains
The final designs for the new, comfortable and more reliable VLocity trains for the North East line have this week been released.
Last year, the Department of Transport and V/Line met with key stakeholders from north-east Victoria to hear firsthand what locals need for long-haul journeys.
This feedback has been used to design modern, comfortable train interiors that are accessible and meet the needs of passengers on the North East line.
The new design includes comfortable seats for the long-haul journey, built-in USB chargers, six luggage racks and overhead luggage storage, a modern catering facility and six wheelchair spaces with companion seats close by.
The trains will be the first VLocity trains to run on standard gauge tracks on Victoria’s regional network.
The VLocity trains will run from Melbourne to Albury/Wodonga for the first time after the completion of the $235 million North East Line Upgrade and a rigorous testing program.
The North East Line Upgrade will improve ride comfort and make services more reliable by upgrading the track and addressing the main causes of delays.
The new VLocity trains are part of a $340 million investment for new trains to meet increased demand across the regional network.
Bombardier will begin manufacturing the trains later this year at its facility in Dandenong, boosting the economy and supporting 500 local jobs.