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MELBOURNE, Oct 11 Asia Pulse - Efforts to reduce noise levels in trains being built for Victoria's fast-rail project will not delay their rollout, Victorian Premier Steve Bracks says.
The V/Locity trains, being built to travel at 160 kilometres an hour, need corrections to reduce passenger noise levels.
Thirty-eight trains are being built by manufacturing company Bombardier in outer suburban Dandenong, at a cost of $535 million.
The trains will connect Melbourne to Bendigo, Ballarat, Traralgon and Geelong as part of the Bracks government's fast-rail project, which has already suffered major cost and time blow-outs.
Originally set to cost the state $A80 million ($US60.62 million) and be ready by the middle of this year, it is now costing $750 million and is due for completion some time next year.
Mr Bracks today said the noise problem with the trains was found in a scheduled testing process and fixing it would not delay the project or create extra costs for the government.
"Not to government, there will be no additional costs," he said.
"This is a contract with the company and the company has to deliver and will deliver in accordance with the contract state-of-the-art V/Locity trains, going at 160 kilometres an hour.
"The testing has shown there is some work required to change some of the noise attenuation. Well, that will be done.
"This will not delay it. This is a normal testing arrangement which has shown that more work needs to be done."
Mr Bracks said the government was not yet due to receive the trains and they were on time and on schedule.
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