It is the first order for new trams placed by Labor in 11 years of government, and it is only half of Labor's 2006 promise to put 100 new trams on the city's tracks. Canadian transport giant Bombardier, the world's biggest tram manufacturer, yesterday beat France's Alstom to win the $300 million contract.
Commonwealth Engineering (or Comeng) made hundreds of the city's existing trains and trams in the 1970s and 1980s at the Dandenong plant, which is now owned by Bombardier. The last tram made at the factory rolled off production lines in December 1993. All new trams and trains since then have been imported. Eleven new trains brought into service in Melbourne this year were made in Poland and assembled in Italy.
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The opposition may be out of ideas, but this government has been holding back on them. Why is it that now, just out from an election, they announce this? ...
just a make work scheme, we need to understand just how much extra we are going to pay for these trams, how much will your vote cost?
Matt Melbourne - September 28, 2010, 10:17AM
The thread on the tender began in June last year but the announcement has coincided well with the commencement of the new Parliament. Back then, Kosky may well have anticipated Rudd calling a federal election right now.
What are these Polish trams mentioned in the Age? I know about the Melhouse Citadis ones but they came years ago.