Libs Plan To Upgrade Ageing Train Fleet
Under a $633 million dollar election promise, the state Coalition will phase out the ageing diesel train fleet and replace them with brand new, faster V/Locity carriages across five lines. This plan will include the Swan Hill line, cutting travel time to Bendigo or Melbourne.
State opposition leader Matthew Guy announced over the weekend that, if elected, the 16 new trains will be ordered in June 2019 and will replace the three-decade-old carriages currently being used on long-haul lines such as Warrnambool, Shepparton, Albury, Bairnsdale and Swan Hill.
“The Liberal-Nationals have a strategy to decentralise Victoria’s population to ease the squeeze on Melbourne’s growth. A modern regional rail service is a central part of our plan,” Mr Guy said.
The upgraded fleet will also provide new jobs at maintenance facilities, with plans to upgrade the current facilities at Newport or build a new one in Seymour.