A COMPLETE set of new trains will be rolled out along the North East train line, if the Coalition wins the state election in November.
Deputy Nationals leader, Steph Ryan, announced on Sunday evening that all the old diesel N and Z locomotives that currently operate on the line will be replaced by a variant of the new faster, long haul V/Locity trains, if the Liberal Nationals form government.
Ms Ryan said that new trains would drastically improve the reliability of Victoria’s worst performing train line by putting a stop to regular breakdowns, improving the quality of ride and the on-board services available.
“Our train service is the worst in Victoria. In January this year just over half of trains arrived on time while almost 20 per cent of services were cancelled.
“The biggest factor holding back our line is the age of the trains and the carriages, some of which date back to the 1950s and 60s.”
The announcement is part of the Liberal Nationals $633 million plan to replace the entire fleet of diesel trains currently operating on Victoria’s tracks.