Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation will build and deliver an additional 27 VLocity diesel multiple unit railcars for Transport for Victoria (TfV) and the Victorian State Government, which will bring the total fleet to 264 railcars (88 x 3 car-sets) in passenger service by 2019. The total value of the contract is approximately 146 million AUD (112 million USD, 95 million euro).
“We are delighted to deliver these award-winning trains to Victoria’s Regional Rail Network in partnership with the State Government, TfV and V/Line” said Andrew Dudgeon, Managing Director of Bombardier Transportation in Australia. He added, “These trains will provide an improved travel experience for passengers, and help address the mobility needs of a rapidly growing population. This order demonstrates confidence in our VLocity vehicle platform which was designed, engineered and manufactured in Victoria, for Victorians.”
The new trains will achieve over 69% local content, support over 600 jobs across the rail industry and help meet the demands of the regional rail network.
As part of the Victorian Governments recently announced $18 million Regional Rail Connectivity Project, Bombardier is enhancing passenger connectivity across the regional fleet with the installation of in-train 4G signal technology following the successful completion of a pilot program this year.
Operating on V/Line’s Regional Rail Network since 2005, the VLocity trains that Bombardier has been building in Dandenong for over ten years move approximately 1.2 million Victorians safely each month. The VLocity trains are designed to operate at a maximum speed of 160kph and carry over 230 passengers per train. Proven components and systems on the fleet ensure high reliability and minimize downtime during maintenance, supporting maximum availability of the fleet for passenger service.
Bombardier has been active in Australia for more than 60 years. Today, it has a workforce of more than 1000 employees across 21 locations and it is a complete provider of rail solutions and services.
Bombardier Transportation is a global leader in rail technology and offers the broadest portfolio in the industry. It covers the full spectrum of rail solutions, ranging from trains to sub-systems and signalling. The company also provides complete transport systems, e-mobility technology and maintenance services. As an innovation driver, Bombardier Transportation continuously breaks new ground in sustainable mobility. It provides integrated solutions that create substantial benefits for operators, passengers and the environment. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, Bombardier Transportation employs around 37,150 people and its products and services operate in over 60 countries.
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