V/Line is back

V/Line trains will deliver a huge service increase and planned timetable changes to be implemented

All V/Line trains will be back on the tracks next month, and the regional operator now has the funding it needs to deliver the huge increase in services.

Many of the services were being run by rail replacement buses earlier this year, but the majority of coaches were to be phased out by the end of March.

Currently 11 V/Line train services are being replaced by coaches due to excessive wheel wear, which has disrupted services since January.

The funding and return of these services next month ends this period of disruption, and will enable timetable changes planned for January to be introduced.

"V/Line is back on track. All train services will resume next month and the regional operator now has the funding it needs to deliver the services regional passengers deserve," says Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan.

"The restoration of services means we can deliver Bendigo Metro and the new timetable for Ballarat and Geelong, which will create more reliable services."

These changes include the introduction of extra peak hour services for Bendigo, and the start of Bendigo Metro, which will provide 10 extra weekday services to Epsom Station and an extra evening service to Eaglehawk.

The Budget also funds 170 extra regional services, and provides $280 million for 27 new carriages, $141 million for major maintenance and $198 million to rebuild V/Line, so it can deliver better services across Victoria.

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