The first six new regional carriages ordered by Australia's Victoria Government have entered service on the Ballarat line.
Additional carriages will double the number of seats on four busy peak services, which will enable thousands of passengers to have more comfortable journeys.
The first three carriages were added to the 7.39am local time from Wendouree to Southern Cross Station, and the 4pm local time from Southern Cross to Ballarat.
The second set of three carriage has seen the addition of 220 extra seats for the 9.14am service from Wendouree to Southern Cross, and the 4.54pm service from Southern Cross to Wendouree.
In the last two years, Victoria's Labor Government has added more than 340 regional services, ordered 48 new carriages and restored and increased funding for the V/Line.
The $518m upgrade to the Ballarat corridor will double the line to Melton and see development of new crossing loops. In addition, new train stabling will be created to support more frequent, reliable services through Melbourne’s west and communities along the Ballarat line.
Upgrade of the Ballarat line will also include building of second platforms at Bacchus Marsh and Ballan stations, while the existing platforms at Rockbank Station will be extended.
Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said: "These six extra carriages will add more than 220 seats to four of the busiest services on the regional network, reducing crowding and making the daily commute more comfortable.
“The new carriages are the first of 48 we’ve ordered in just two years, and are part of our record investment in public transport to get people home safer and sooner every day.”
Image: Six new regional carriages have entered service on the Ballarat line. Photo: courtesy of Premier of Victoria.