More than 130 new trains have been ordered by the Victorian government to increase capacity on the rail network.
Industry and Employment Minister Wade Noonan said,: “Our unprecedented investment in new trains is supporting thousands of jobs in our rolling stock industry, which employs up to 10,000 Victorians.”
The investment is expected to create opportunities for young workers and re-skill people from the auto industry and other sectors.
The first of the new trains entered service last week.
More than 40 VLocity regional carriages, built by Bombardier Transportation in Dandenong, and 18 X’Trapolis metropolitan trains, built by Alstom in Ballarat, will relieve pressure on the network ahead of 65 new high-capacity metro trains that will arrive in late 2018.
The order for 65 trains is the largest single order of new trains in Victorian history.
Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said, “The new trains will be vital as patronage grows and we deliver our pipeline of major transport projects including the Metro Tunnel, 50 level crossing removals, and line upgrades and extensions across Victoria.”
The new X’Trapolis train will run on the Alamein, Belgrave, Glen Waverley, Hurstbridge, Lilydale and South Morang lines. The VLocity carriages will hit the rails on November 7, allowing more space and seats for passengers. – Isabell Greigeritsch
Photo by Ashley Flockhart.