We have needed these trains for a while and I glad the government has ordered them and they will be welcome on the routes they will service.
“It’s great news for regional Victoria that these new trains are on the network, to ensure we can deliver reliable services for passengers.” Before the new timetable comes into effect, the increased rollingstock will enable greater flexibility for V/Line to perform maintenance on other trains, without disruptions to services.
This further reduces the risk of trains being replaced by coaches or limited capacity.
The trains have been redesigned to include new accessibility features as well as dedicated spaces for bicycles. Other improvements include tray tables on more seats than previous models. All trains have seating for 222 passengers, and contain quiet carriages, onboard toilets, and mobile signal boosters.
The fact we still have so many coach replacements is a issue in itself and more needs to be done to have spare rolling stock available to deal with the unexpected as many other operators do. Until this is achieved V/Line will be seen as unreliable which it is today.
Mentions a new timetable when is this due?
New VLocity trains now in service, with more on the way