The Government of Victoria has introduced 80 new regional train services and opened an additional station in Caroline Springs, Melbourne, Australia.
V/Line will begin operating 18 new services every week for the Geelong line and ten extra weekly services to the major regional centres of Bendigo, Ballarat and Traralgon. The operator is a government-owned corporation responsible for regional passenger train and coach services in Victoria.
A total of 12 new train services will be operated on the Warrnambool line every week.
As well as new coach service to and from Portland, V/Line has also extended an evening Seymour service to Shepparton each weekday.
Victoria Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said: “This is the next step in the better train network we’re building for regional Victoria, with more reliable, frequent services to get people home safer and sooner wherever they live.
“Regional Victoria is growing and we’re making sure public transport grows with it, introducing more trains, building new stations and investing in the major projects we need to boost services across the state.”
More than 170 extra regional train services were announced as part of the Victorian budget 2016-17.
The government has already introduced more than 340 new regional services. Furthermore, it has earmarked A$1.3bn ($981.4m) for better regional public transport, including A$198m ($149.4m) to rebuild V/Line, A$257m ($194m) for new regional train carriages and A$518m ($391m) for the Ballarat line upgrade.
In addition, the government is investing A$100m ($75.4m) in the refurbishment of Flinders Street Station.
Installation of scaffolding at the western end of the administration building has begun to enable restoration works at the station.
The project to modernise the station includes repairs to the façade of the iconic building and repainting it to its original 1910 colours.
Image: Track 6 at Flinders Street Station, Melbourne. Photo: courtesy of TimBray.