Extra trains for Gippsland line hinge on patronage
Baw Baw News By William PJ Kulich // 02:49, Wednesday 28 November 2012
THE number of new services to run on the Gippsland line as a result of the State Government’s order of 40 new trains will be determined based on patronage.
All aboard: New Gippsland line services are possible after an order of new trains.
Image: William PJ Kulich.
The State Government announced an order of 40 new V/Line VLocity carriages on Monday, with the first to enter service in 2014.
A spokesperson for Victorian Transport Minister Terry Mulder told The Warragul Citizen on Monday V/Line will decide which lines the new carriages will be assigned to at a later date.
“V/Line… will make a decision on which lines they will go on depending on patronage,” the spokesperson said.
Patronage on all V/Line lines grew this year, with the Gippsland line recording an increase of 90,000 trips – the equal-third highest increase in the state.
All 40 new carriages are planned to be in service by 2016.
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