Will buy one train every month
Australian state of Victoria will get new trains and trams under a $3.9 billion plan that will create 3500 jobs if the Liberals are re-elected. They reassure that the government’s public transport plan would move more people, more often, more comfortably.
The plan includes 75 more suburban trains, 75 new trams and 24 rail cars. Leading Liberal politician, Dr Napthine said it would be the biggest order of rolling stock for more than 30 years and would create 3500 jobs in the rail manufacturing, supply and construction industries.
- A re-elected government will buy one train a month, each month for the next 10 years, Napthine said.
A $100 million regional cities infrastructure fund would also be established to benefit the 10 largest regional cities.
Rail transport in Victoria is provided by several private and public railway operators who operate over government-owned lines. V/Line which is now owned by the Victorian Government, operates a concentrated service to major regional centers, as well as long distance services on other lines; Pacific National, CFCLA, El Zorro which operate freight services; Great Southern Railway which operates The Overland Melbourne—Adelaide; and NSW Train Link which operates XPTs Melbourne—Sydney.
There are also several smaller freight operators and numerous tourist railways operating over lines which were once parts of a state-owned system.
Victorian lines mainly use the 5 ft. 3 in (1,600 mm) broad gauge. However, the interstate trunk routes, as well as a number of branch lines in the west of the state have been converted to 4 ft. 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge. Two tourist railways operate over 2 ft. 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge lines, which are the remnants of five formerly government-owned lines which were built in mountainous areas.
Source: Government of state of Victoria, Australia
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