Regional Rail Connectivity
Victoria's entire VLocity train fleet is now fitted with mobile signal boosters, delivering improved mobile coverage for passengers on the Traralgon, Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Seymour rail lines.
The Victorian Government is working with Telstra, Vodafone and Optus to deliver the $18 million Regional Rail Connectivity Project, which also includes the construction of 35 new mobile towers that will combine with the boosters to increase mobile coverage for passengers on the state's five busiest regional lines.
Even on their own, without any new towers, the boosters give passengers mobile coverage for more of their journey.
Passengers will still experience some blackspots until all the new mobile towers are up and running.
Regular commuters spend up to 20 hours per week on regional trains and by keeping them connected they can keep in touch with their loved ones and use their travel time productively.
Mobile connectivity on these five rail lines will improve the liveability of these regional cities and encourage more people to work, visit and do business there.
This project is strongly aligned to the Regional Partnership priorities for connectivity – both digital and transport.
It is expected to boost productivity for regional business commuters, delivering an estimated $20 million per annum to the Victorian economy.
Page last updated: 23 October 2018