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Free Wi-Fi arriving for VLine passengers

Victorian commuters will be able to get their Game of Thrones on during the daily commute, with free Wi-Fi on VLocity carriages on five V/Line services coming under a $40 million plan outlined by the Victorian government this morning.

The state government said it would open an expressions of interest process to roll out Wi-Fi for VLocity carriages on V/Line services between Melbourne and Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Seymour and Traralgon.

The government will splah $40 million on the Wi-Fi rollout and on a program to eliminate mobile black spots in Victorian regional areas.

"This announcement will be of enormous benefit to thousands of commuters, with more than 13 million passenger trips recorded between these regional centres and Melbourne each year," Premier Denis Napthine said in a statement.

"Eliminating these blackspots along train lines means commuters will be able to access emails, social media and work. As part of the project, the government will invest in a public Wi-Fi service on these trains to ensure that all commuters have uninterrupted access to the internet for the duration of their journey.

"Commuters travelling beyond these regional centres will also be able to access more reliable mobile services, with the Coalition government also addressing mobile blackspots across Victoria more broadly."

Following the initial Wi-Fi rollout, the government will consider expanding the service.

The Victorian state election is slated for 29 November 2014.

As we reported last month the Victorian government revealed free Wi-Fi would be offered in Melbourne CBD, with an expressions of interest phase also still open for that project.

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