July 17, 2015

EXTRA CARRIAGES FOR THE BALLARAT LINE ARRIVE MONDAY

The next three VLocity carriages for the Ballarat line will be introduced on Monday, creating capacity for more than 200 extra passengers.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the extra carriages would be allocated to relieve pressure and congestion on the busiest services.

The three extra carriages follow the introduction of two new carriages last month, which has increased the number of carriages operating across Ballarat line services by 25 per cent in the morning peak and 10 per cent in the evening peak.

New carriages roll off the production line every three weeks and will go to the Ballarat line until demand is met.

The extra carriages are needed to address booming demand on the Ballarat line that the previous Liberal- National Government completely failed to plan for.

Patronage predictions under the former Government indicated extra regional carriages were desperately needed, but the Liberals and Nationals did not order a single carriage for two years

The Andrews Labor Government has already acted swiftly to address this Liberal-National failure, ordering 21 extra VLocity carriages in its first Budget and is developing a long term rolling stock strategy, to ensure capacity keeps pace with demand on Victoria’s train network.

Rolling stock will be a key consideration in the Regional Network Development Plan (RNDP) – Victoria’s first short, medium and long term plan for better regional public transport.

Community consultation as part of the RNDP is already underway, with a community workshop to be held in Ballarat on Monday 20 July from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Mechanics Institute, 117-119 Sturt St. 

For further information on the community workshops and to get involved in the Regional Network Development Plan, visit ptv.vic.gov.au/getinvolved.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“Ballarat services haven’t been up to scratch and I’m making sure every new carriage goes straight to the Ballarat line until the demand is met.”

“These three extra carriages will boost capacity and relieve congestion on the Ballarat line’s busiest services, creating capacity for more than 200 extra passengers.”

“We’re fixing the problem the former Liberal-National Government created when it failed to order a single regional train carriage for two years.”

“We’ve already ordered 21 additional carriages and have developed a long term plan for more trains to carry more people on the Ballarat line and across our train network.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard

“Since the introduction of the new timetable, I’ve been seeking feedback from rail travellers about how we can improve services on the Ballarat line.”

“I’m pleased that the Premier is ensuring that Ballarat receives priority. These extra carriages will help meet local demand with more to follow.”