AFTER announcing last April that Ballarat commuters would receive free Wi-Fi on V/Line trains, the government is still conducting an analysis of potential solutions.
When The Courier asked when commuters would be able to use the service no timeframe was given.
“The government is investigating options to improve voice and data services for passengers travelling on the regional rail commuter lines through improved mobile coverage and potentially in-carriage Wi-Fi,” Victorian government spokesman Paul Robinson said.
“The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources is currently conducting analysis of options for improved mobile and Wi-Fi services on commuter rail services.
“This analysis is based on a formal market consultation process which commenced last year. This analysis will be used to inform the government’s next steps in relation to this project.
“The timing of service improvements, the order of rollout to specific rail lines and costs will be subject to future government announcements.”
The project was unveiled by the then Napthine government as a $40 million pledge to improve mobile coverage on the Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Seymour and Traralgon commuter lines.
Despite $40 million being included in last year’s state budget for the project, it looks as if a solution could be years away with no set plan for how the rollout will occur.