AUSTRALIA: Bombardier Transportation has been awarded a A$146m contract to supply a further nine three-car VLocity diesel multiple-units to Transport for Victoria. Deliveries are scheduled for 2019, and will take the state’s VLocity fleet to 88 units.
The 160 km/h DMUs will continue to be manufactured in Dandenong, and will have more than 69% local content.
‘These trains will provide an improved travel experience for passengers, and help address the mobility needs of a rapidly growing population’, said Andrew Dudgeon, Managing Director of Bombardier Transportation in Australia, on December 20. ‘This order demonstrates confidence in our VLocity vehicle platform which was designed, engineered and manufactured in Victoria, for Victorians.’
The 2017-18 Victorian budget included A$311m for 39 vehicles, building on a previous order for 48.
- As part of the Victorian government’s A$18m Regional Rail Connectivity Project, Bombardier is installing onboard 4G equipment to enhance passenger connectivity across the V/Line regional train fleet.