Western District MP James Purcell is looking forward to a faster and safer rail commute to Melbourne with details release today of a $114 million upgrade that will pave the way for VLocity trains on Warrnambool Line.
The upgrades were announced by Premier Daniel Andrews at the Warrnambool station this morning.
"The Andrews Labour Government has done well to secure this funding for regional rail upgrades and we are very eager to see the first VLocity trains roll into Warrnambool.
“We have been like a broken record in Parliament for the past three years asking for solutions to timetable issues, delays and ageing facilities on this line. This is a great outcome," says Mr Purcell.
Work is already underway to upgrade 20 level crossings on the Warrnambool line. When these upgrades are completed speed restrictions can be lifted. Stabling work at the Warrnambool station will pave the way for Vlocity trains to travel to Warrnambool for the first time, which will cut up to 20 minutes off travel times.
"In the South West we can look forward to extra services, shorter journey times, and upgrades that will pave the way to run VLocity trains to Warrnambool.
"This is a great result for south west Victoria. We will benefit in jobs, industry, agriculture and tourism from these upgrades and new services," he says.