Newest Trains In Melbourne Track Ahead

Work is ramping up to deliver Melbourne’s most modern trains – the X’Trapolis 2.0 – delivering a modernised fleet to meet the needs of all Victorians.

Melburnians had their first sneak peek of a life-size mockup of one of the X’Trapolis 2.0 carriages in Tullamarine today. Accessibility advocates and technical advisers such as train drivers and passenger groups will be invited to provide their feedback on the fully assembled mockup in coming months.

The $986 million project will deliver 25 brand-new X’Trapolis 2.0 trains and supporting infrastructure. They will be built in Victoria using 60 per cent locally sourced materials and will create up to 750 jobs for people in Victoria.

The new trains will be manufactured in Dandenong and assembled in Alstom’s Ballarat factory later this year.

The new trains will gradually replace Comeng trains on the Craigieburn, Upfield, and Frankston lines, providing passengers with a more accessible, reliable and energy efficient journey.

The Mobility Supply Chain Centre of Excellence was also launched with representatives from the rolling stock industry today. The Centre of Excellence is a partnership between the Government, Alstom and the education sector to further support research and development into public transport technology innovations.

More than $8 billion has been invested in new rolling stock and supporting infrastructure since 2015, supporting up to 10,000 Victorian jobs across the industry and supply chain.