Mansfield Courier

New trains get closer

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TESTING of the North East line’s newly converted VLocity trains will start next month with rolling stock expected to be operationa­l later this year.

Testing of the trains will follow track upgrades to a Class 2 standard on the North East rail line reaching completion recently.

The track upgrade will end more than a decade of pain for commuters starting with the track reconfigur­ation in 2008, followed by ballast issues due to mudholes which caused lengthy travel time delays due to speed restrictio­ns on V/Line services.

Once new rolling stock is operationa­l, the reliabilit­y of trains is also expected to improve with the failing classic class locomotive­s currently in operation being 40 years old.

Passengers can look forward to a range of new features including USB chargers and mobile boosting technology, modern catering facilities, shared tables and accessibil­ity improvemen­ts to meet the needs of long-haul journeys.

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