Alstom has been awarded a contract by Public Transport Victoria, worth approximately €85 million, to supply eight X’trapolis trainsets for Melbourne’s suburban train network. The additional trains will add to the existing fleet of 74 X’Trapolis trains (totalling 444 cars), previously supplied by Alstom to the State of Victoria between 2002 and 2013.
The new trains, composed of six cars each, will allow the operator to provide additional services for the busy and growing network, while also increasing the reliability of the entire system. The first of the new trains are expected to be operating on the network in 2015.
“This order for additional trains by Public Transport Victoria is great news for the commuters of Melbourne, local jobs, regional manufacturing and highlights Alstom’s trusted local capabilities and excellence in project delivery”, said Bernard Joyce, Managing Director of Alstom Transport in Australia and New Zealand.
The X’Trapolis trains have an operating speed of up to 130 km/h with a passenger capacity of more than 1,400 passengers. Each car has three passenger doors per side, customised seating layout and is equipped with a digital passenger information system (PIS) .
The X’Trapolis trains will be delivered from Alstom’s manufacturing centre at Ballarat in Australia. The Ballarat site has recently delivered seven X’Trapolis trains, ordered by the Victorian Government in 2011, four months ahead of schedule.
Alstom is currently investing over €6 million to upgrade and expand the site, supporting the Government’s commitment to the manufacturing sector with 65 new jobs and apprenticeships. This investment will also have a significant flow-on effect for Victorian component suppliers and service companies, supporting another 70 jobs along the supply chain.
Alstom is expanding its operations to deliver high technology engineering and manufacturing jobs, including project management and engineering across rolling stock, signalling, service engineering, optimised maintenance and full train overhaul to further support the growing transport needs of Australia.
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