- 75 more E class trams.
- 24 more Velocities
- 75 more Alstom trains in addition to the 25 recently ordered, so 100 in all.
Total cost: $3.9 billion.
Also an increased local content requirement, so it looks like they're spreading the work around local manufacturers.
Victorian election 2014: Napthine Government’s $3.9b rail pledge
MICHELLE AINSWORTH HERALD SUN NOVEMBER 09, 2014 12:00AM
MELBOURNE’S public transport network will be able to carry an extra 150,000 passengers a day under a $3.9 billion rail investment the Napthine Government says will deliver 3500 new jobs.
The plan, to be announced at the Liberal Party’s campaign launch today, includes buying more than 170 new trains and rail cars. Premier Denis Napthine said the policy would mean the Government would deliver more than one new train per month to the network for the next 10 years, starting from July 2015.
“The biggest order of rolling stock for more than 30 years will mean 3500 jobs in the rail manufacturing, supply and construction industries,” he said.
The order includes75 high-capacity trains, 75 E-class trams and 24 VLocity railcars for the V/Line network.
These are in addition to the 25 new trains the Government has ordered from Ballarat-based Alstom as part of the upgrades to the Cranbourne and Pakenham rail corridor.
“If the Coalition is re-elected, this historic order will mean we will have the trains and trams Victoria needs for the Coalition’s major rail projects to support a growing population,” Dr Napthine said.
He said the orders would help ensure Victoria retained its highly skilled train manufacturing workforce.
“While other states have lost their rail manufacturers, the Coalition is backing local rolling stock manufacturers and local skilled workers to continue to deliver world-class trains and trams. Other states will be able to buy their rolling stock from Victoria.”
The new trains would be required to have a minimum of 50 per cent local content, up from the 30 per cent minimum in existing orders.
Transport Minister Terry Mulder said the funding for the new rolling stock would also include money to expand stabling and maintenance facilities and power upgrades.
The high-capacity metropolitan trains would be able to carry 1100 passengers, 200 more than the largest trains in Metro’s current fleet.
“The new trains will feature modern passenger information systems, an open design that will allow passengers to walk through the train and doorways that will provide efficient passenger boarding and alighting,” Mr Mulder said.
“The trains will have full CCTV for passenger safety and suitable airconditioning and heating to meet Melbourne’s conditions.”
Mr Mulder said the 75 new suburban trains would come into service between 2019 and 2026. Once on the network the new trains would allow an extra 40,500 people to travel on the Craigieburn, Sunbury and Upfield lines each day.
On the Frankston, Sandringham, Werribee and Williamstown lines an additional 20,000 passengers will be able to catch the train every day.
And on the Cranbourne and Dandenong lines capacity will increase by 58,000 passengers, with that increasing to 77,000 per day when the upgrades to the corridor are complete.
“This is the biggest order of suburban trains for 30 years and is a key plank in the Coalition’s plan to move more people more often with greater safety, comfort and reliability,” Mr Mulder said.