$172 million to be spent on new rail carriages

Hundreds of millions of dollars has been set aside in the Victorian Budget for the manufacture of at least 30 new V/Line train carriages.

According to a report from AAP, the Victorian government will push to have the carriages manufactured locally.

This $172 million commitment, which is part of the 2012/13 budget, has reportedly come as a relief for Victorian residents, who are increasingly turning to public transport as peak-hour traffic jams and commuting times increase across the city.

Treasurer Kim Wells told AAP that V/Line patronage has doubled in the past six years.

A further $172 million will be put aside for maintenance across the existing V/Line network to improve infrastructure for both freight and passenger moving, following months of faults and delays on the network.

Last month, V/Line’s Geelong line was shut down for 24 hours after a faulty cable caused all train services to be suspended, reported The Courier.

The budget also includes $13.7 million over four years to build the Dingley Bypass, which will link Melbourne's manufacturing hubs of Moorabbin and Dandenong.

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