VLocity best in class

Victoria’s VLocity train has picked up two accolades at the Good Design Awards this week.

Celebrating excellence in design and innovation since 1958, the international design awards program is one of the oldest and most prestigious in the world.

The VLocity passenger train won a gold award for automotive and transport products, and was also acknowledged for its interior design.

Enhancements to the train’s safety features were recognised by the awards, after upgrades were made to the front of the train to improve both crashworthiness and driver comfort.  

Judges also commended accessibility improvements, luggage storage and comfort measures inside the train cabin, designed to meet the needs of older travellers and those with disabilities.

First launched on Victoria’s regional rail network in 2005, the VLocity runs on the Geelong, Ballarat, Ararat, Maryborough, Bendigo, Echuca, Seymour, Traralgon and Bairnsdale lines.

The successful partnership between Bombardier and the Department of Transport has resulted in a user-friendly train that meets legislative requirements, supports high frequency of use, satisfies public safety and embraces inclusivity.

This acknowledgement at the Good Design Awards follows the success of Victoria’s first VLocity train which was also recognised in 2005.