The Andrews Labor Government is taking the next step in designing next generation trams and regional trains to keep Victorians moving.
Manufacturers have been invited to develop proposals and participate in a collaborative design process for the new trams and trains, with design and engineering workshops to be held in coming months.
The next generation trams will be fully accessible and include on board energy storage, reducing the need for power upgrades.
Together with the 50 new E-Class trams ordered by the Labor Government since 2015, the new trams will mean older high-floor trams can be retired.
The new regional trains will be fully accessible, energy efficient and capable of carrying more passengers.
The final proposals will need to maximise local content and jobs and integrate with Victoria’s existing public transport network, reducing the need for expensive infrastructure upgrades.
The development process will provide the Labor Government with well-informed proposals to choose the best new trains and trams to meet Victoria’s needs.
The Labor Government has invested more than $4.5 billion in new and upgraded rolling stock and supporting infrastructure since 2015 to get people where they need to go safer and sooner.
For more information on the new trams and trains see transport.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne
“We’re doing the vital design work needed to deliver new trains and trams that are reliable, accessible and meet the changing needs of Victorian passengers.”
“Whether it’s building more trains and trams, upgrading tracks and signals, or planning for the future – we’re getting people where they want to go sooner and safer.”
“It doesn’t matter what mode of transport you use – trains, trams or buses – because we’re investing across the entire network to provide safe and reliable trips for Victorians.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020