Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan meets local workers at Downer’s Newport facility

Fit out underway for first high-capacity metro trains

Published 13 June 2018

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA: Fit-out has commenced on the first of Melbourne’s 65 new high-capacity metro trains at Downer’s manufacturing facility in Newport.

As part of the $2.3 billion High Capacity Metro Trains project up to 175 new local jobs created as 455 carriage bodies make their way through the recently-upgraded Downer manufacturing facility.

“These trains will be bigger and better than any existing fleet currently on the metropolitan network and include design features that make this a more accessible, comfortable and safer train,” Evolution Rail CEO Phillip Walker said.

“We’re building the trains using 60 per cent local content, much of which is coming from suppliers right here in Victoria.

“Overall the project will result in 1,100 jobs including throughout the local supply chain.”

Evolution Rail has invested in various programs to mobilise and train workers including dedicated apprenticeships that will help develop specialised rolling stock engineers.

Former workers from the Victorian automotive industry have also been trained for the fit-out activities in Newport.

The detailed technical design process for the next generation trains included a 12-month stakeholder engagement and consultation program. This included practical evaluation by drivers, technical experts, the Public Transport Access Committee and Metro Trains Melbourne.

Passenger and accessibility groups, various government agencies and focus groups also participated with user feedback resulting in more than 150 enhancements to passenger features.  

Key features of the HCMT fleet include more allocated spaces for wheel chairs and mobility devices, improved real time passenger information, a greater number of hand grabs and hand rails, and improved CCTV for increased passenger and driver safety. 

Able to carry 20 per cent more passengers than the existing Melbourne metropolitan fleet, the new trains will enter service from mid-2019 on the Cranbourne-Pakenham lines, with the final fleet being dedicated to the Sunbury to Pakenham corridor, linked by the new Metro Tunnel.

Plenary is the project sponsor, financial advisor, financial arranger, asset manager and investor for the $2.3 billion project, part of the Evolution Rail consortium also comprising Downer and CRRC, contracted to deliver and maintain the trains for 35 years.

For more information about the project visit the Evolution Rail website and the Victorian Government project website.


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