The Victorian government has ordered the next batch of six VLocity trains, to be built locally at Bombardier’s site in Dandenong.
100 direct jobs will be supported by the current stage of the $340 million project, which will see the manufacturing of 18 new three-carriage trains to serve regional Victoria.
“Bombardier are a world leader in manufacturing – this new order will support 100 direct jobs and hundreds more throughout the supply chain,” said Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams.
Part of the new order will include upgraded onboard technology, including improvements to accessibility and mobile phone boosting technology.
Construction of the new trains will begin next year, with the fleet going into operation from 2021.
“We’re improving services for passengers and supporting hundreds of Victorian jobs as we continue to build new trains and refurbish our existing fleet,” said Minister for Public Transport, Melissa Horne.
In addition to the new trains, the Victorian government is investing $50m to refit 75 existing trains in VLocity regional train fleet. These refurbishments will involve new carpets, seats, priority seatings areas, and handrails. Automated announcements will also be introduced as part of the refit.