More trains badly needed on the Ballarat line to avoid terrible overcrowding. We often have to make do with two carriages. Not good enough.
"A TRAIN order placed in 2012 is on track to be delivered by the end of 2016.
The order is expected to alleviate some of the problems experienced by commuters travelling on V/Line routes across Victoria.
V/Line spokeswoman Ebony Jordan said it was closely monitoring patronage on all services in order to satisfy demand.
“Nine VLocity carriages have already been delivered and are currently operating on various lines across the network,” she said.
“These were delivered in the form of three-car units. Another five three-car units are to come, with a further 19 single carriages to also be added to the existing fleet.”
The Courier is often told of certain services on the Ballarat line where commuters are forced to stand due to overcrowding.
But it remains to be seen how many of the new carriages will find their way to Ballarat.
“This will transform all current two-car VLocity trains into three-car sets,” Ms Jordan said. “Two of these can be coupled to form a six-carriage train.
“Our fleet engineers are working closely with Bombardier Transportation to ensure the new carriages continue to be progressively rolled out onto the network.
“The completion date for all 43 carriages is still the end of 2016, and the carriages are assigned across the state depending on patronage demand.”