Victoria Government in Australia is set to introduce 80 new weekly regional train services, which are the first of more than 170 announced as part of the 2016-17 budget.
The budget comprises A$1.3bn ($954.8m) for better regional public transport, including A$198m ($145m) to rebuild V/Line, A$257m ($188.7m) allocated for new carriages and A$518m ($380m) to further enhance services to Melbourne’s West and Ballarat.
The government is also planning to open the new Caroline Springs Station in Melbourne’s west in January next year.
The station will provide direct train access to one of Victoria’s fastest growing communities.
Victoria’s busiest commuter corridor will get 18 new services on the Geelong line and the Bendigo, Ballarat and Traralgon lines will each get ten extra services every week.
Maryborough will get its first new service since the previous administration reopened the line in 2010, and a Seymour train is also planned to be extended to Shepparton each week day.
In more than a decade, the Warrnambool line will get its first new services with ten new weekday services and the extension of a Geelong service on Sundays.
The services will be bolstered by new coach services to and from Portland, which will link with all the new Warrnambool trains.
Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said: “The new services build on the more than 340 services we added last year, and the A$1.3bn ($954.8m) we invested in this year’s budget to improve regional public transport.
“Caroline Springs Station will provide train services to the doorstep of this booming community in Melbourne’s west for the first time.”
Image: The new train services are the first of more than 170 announced as part of the Victorian Budget. Photo: courtesy of Premier of Victoria.