Public transport boost for regional Victorians
Residential property dwellers in regional Victoria are set to benefit from a government initiative to boost the state's public transport system.
Announcing the multimillion-dollar project yesterday (November 26), premier Ted Baillieu said 40 new V/Line carriages will be added to the regional railway network - increasing its efficiency and addressing commuter congestion.
"This order will deliver 40 new carriages which will help to meet demands of continuing growth as well as the expansion that will be made possible with the completion of the Regional Rail Link in 2016," the premier explained.
"Today's announcement is good news for Victoria's public transport network, especially for residents of Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Seymour and Traralgon who will benefit from these additional carriages."
For those who live in the state's regional centres, increased efficiency and capacity of the rail network will be a major boon, transport minister Terry Mulder said.
The project, which will see the carriages rolled out from 2014, is the first time since 2009 that the regional network has been added to, despite a significant surge in patronage.
An additional 500,000 passengers used V/Line trains during 2011/12 compared to the year before.