New VLocity trains for regional rail

The latest batch of VLocity trains has been ordered to meet growing demand for regional rail services.

Bombardier in Dandenong will build the next six VLocity trains, supporting 100 direct jobs and hundreds more throughout the supply chain.

The new trains are part of the $340 million investment in the Victorian Budget 2019/20 to purchase up to 18 new three-carriage trains.

The new VLocity trains will include the latest technology, including accessibility improvements and mobile phone signal boosting technology.

The Victorian Government has already delivered a 40 per cent increase in regional rail services, with V/Line now running more than 2,000 services every week.

Bombardier is expected to begin building the new trains next year, before they are delivered to the network in 2021.

An additional $50 million has been invested to refurbish 75 trains in the existing VLocity regional train fleet, including new seat coverings and padding, and other minor repairs.