The Victorian Transport Minister, Terry Mulder MP, launched Alstom Transport’s latest X’Trapolis train set onto the Metro network today, two months ahead of schedule.
“The X’Trapolis trains are the safest, most reliable, and best performing in Metro’s fleet according to monthly performance data” explained Chris Raine, President of Alstom in Australia.
“Alstom is very excited to be part of the rolling stock renewal program in Melbourne. The more X’Trapolis trains that run on the network, the better the network runs.”
Alstom has specifically designed the new X’Trapolis trains for the Melbourne network. The trains are improving service reliability to commuters throughout peak times.
The X’Trapolis trains host a number of new technological features which include computer-controlled traction, braking and safety system. Each train also has fully integrated CCTV passenger information systems.
The new train has six carriages and will carry up to 1430 passengers at a time. Alstom Transport will deliver another 18 trains for service on Melbourne’s Metro network throughout 2011 and 2012.
The X’Trapolis trains, which are being manufactured in Ballarat, form part of Alstom’s localisation strategy.
“We are determined to help expand the Melbourne rail fleet and Alstom has invested in developing local skills and supporting local suppliers to get the job done.Nearly 150 Victorians are helping to make our X’Trapolis trains a vital part of Melbourne’s rail network,” said Mr Raine.
Alvin Stone (Primary Communication) – Tel. (02) 9212 3888. Mob: 0418 617 366