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More than 100 new drivers are now being recruited to operate additional train services when Melbourne’s new Metro Tunnel opens a year ahead of schedule in 2025.
Up to 120 new drivers will undergo an intensive 44-week training program to ensure they’re ready to operate the 65 new and bigger trains that will run through the Metro Tunnel. Training includes a mix of classroom, practical and on-the-job training, where the trainee drivers are accompanied by a trainer while operating passenger services.
As with any new infrastructure, additional training will be provided to qualified drivers to allow them to drive in the new tunnels. This will include training on the project’s next-generation signalling system and the use of platform screen doors – a Victorian first.
Recruitment for up to 180 operational staff including driver trainers, line and system controllers, signallers and signal maintenance technicians is also underway.
Visit the Metro Trains website for more information.
This article first appeared on www.railexpress.com.au
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