Australia’s Victorian Government is set to invest $257m in developing new regional rail carriages and infrastructure to increase capacity across the regional network.
According to premier Daniel Andrews, the new state budget will provide funding for 21 new VLocity carriages to serve an additional 1,500 V/Line passengers every day.
This new development will also create 200 jobs.
Andrews said: "This investment of more than $250m will provide better regional train services and help create nearly 200 jobs."
"Patronage on our regional train network has increased by nearly 100% in the past decade, and this investment means we can deliver high-quality regional public transport for decades to come."
Public transport and employment minister Jacinta Allan said that the new carriages would be constructed by Bombardier and it will create 64 jobs.
The new investment will also see a new maintenance and stabling yard in Waurn Ponds, which will create more than 100 jobs during construction and around 30 after the completion of the project.
Allan said: "The new carriages and stabling yards will create jobs and improve services for the more than 50,000 passengers who use V/Line services every weekday."
The construction of VLocity carriages is expected to start in mid-2016 and the first carriage is scheduled to start service by late 2017. The construction will be completed by the end of 2018.
The government recently revealed plans to proceed with the construction of Melbourne’s metro rail tunnel underneath Swanston Street.
In addition, the preferred alignment and depth of proposed multibillion-dollar metro rail tunnels that will run through the Melbourne CBD was also announced.