Train works contracts awarded

Works will soon be underway for new trains with contracts being awarded.

Melbourne’s North and North West will be home to the future X’Trapolis 2.0 trains with works set to get underway following the first contracts being awarded to local suppliers, including a Derrimut based supplier.

The new trains will be maintained at the Craigieburn Train Maintenance Facility- with them making up at least 60 per cent of local content and the project supporting close to 750 local jobs.

Key elements of the new trains to be delivered by local manufacturers will include accessibility ramps, passenger windows, the heating and ventilation system and couplers which connect the train carriages

Detailed design is underway alongside stakeholder engagement, ensuring the final train design meets the needs of all Victorians.

Public transport minister Ben Carroll said train works were about fulfilling the needs of the state.

“Victoria continues to lead the nation in advanced rolling stock manufacturing and we’re proud to be supporting local businesses that do a fantastic job in supplying quality parts for our trains and trams while supporting local jobs,” Mr Carroll said.

“Our local content quotas mean we can deliver a better, more accessible trains for Victorians while supporting hundreds of jobs – and we will continue Victoria’s proud tradition of building our trains and trams in Victoria, for Victorians.”

The project was funded under the Victorian Budget 2021-2022 to deliver 25 more energy efficient X’Trapolis 2.0 trains.