Public Transport Victoria forum hears call for more Maryborough train services
State Government Commits to Developing Rail Infrastructure for Victoria
Horsham residents to be quizzed about future use of dormant rail corridor land
No choppers here: Malcolm Turnbull takes the train to Geelong
Opposition Leader Matthew Guy backs Melbourne Airport rail link
Jail time for train threats to Vline Staff
Premier Daniel Andrews hears efforts to address Central Goldfields disadvantage, push for more Maryborough trains
The Inland Rail Link Melbourne to Brisbane a Similar Case as the RAA's Bendigo - Geelong Rail Link
North-West Rail Alliance urges more council support amid push for return of Mildura passenger rail
Grampians Rail Trail: Shire calls for community to step up and manage facility
The North East line could be waiting six to eight years for an announcement on new rolling stock, advocates have warned.
Border Rail Action Group chairman Bill Traill said the lengthy timeframe was suggested by some people within the Hume Corridor Passenger Rail Collaboration, which also includes representatives from Albury, Wodonga, Wangaratta and Benalla councils.
“BRAG is inclined to agree if replacement means a brand new model of ‘new generation’ train to be planned and built,” he said.
“Disintegration will well and truly set in by then, with the rail service taken over by buses.”
Disintegration will well and truly set in by then, with the rail service taken over by buses.
BRAG chairman Bill Traill
He said the “glimmer of hope” to replacing the old carriages, which frequently break down on the North East line, was the new VLocity carriages.
The three-carriage trains can travel up to 160km/h – 30km/h faster than existing trains – if the track allows.
“It lies in circumstantial evidence that the case for the VLocity-based service is finding favour within sections of the Victorian transport hierarchy,” Mr Traill said.
“There has been a recent flurry of activity modifying level crossings on the North East corridor, presumably to safely accommodate faster trains. BRAG has long had the VLocity train model on its radar.”
The Victorian government promised it would only fund new rolling stock when its federal counterparts fixed the track, but allocated $311.1 million in this year’s budget for million for 39 new VLocity carriages and a re-design of all VLocity trains to enable them to run on long-haul services like the North East line.
The government did not respond to The Border Mail’s request for comment on the status of the VLocity trains.
This article first appeared on www.bordermail.com.au
About this website
Railpage version 3.10.0.0037
All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all the rest is © 2003-2017 Interactive Omnimedia Pty Ltd.
You can syndicate our news using one of the RSS feeds.