Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan, Times Electric Australia Deputy General Manger Brett Purves, Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing and Times Electric Australia Office Administrator Michelle Winter visit the Morwell facility

High Capacity Metro Trains bringing business to Morwell

Published 19 March 2018

MORWELL, VICTORIA - Morwell in the Latrobe Valley is home to a new facility and new jobs that will support Victoria’s High Capacity Metro Trains project with the assembly of traction and electrical auxiliary systems for the new fleet.

Times Electric Australia – a subsidiary of the largest rolling stock manufacturer in the world in CRRC – and Downer will engage 25 new employees at its Morwell facility including positions for apprentices, trainees and workers facing barriers to employment.

“There are only a small number of companies worldwide with facilities capable of manufacturing hi-tech traction systems and CRRC Times Electric Australia is one of the best and they are now right here in Victoria,” Evolution Rail CEO Phillip Walker said.

“This contract will be supported by a Victorian supply chain helping us achieve our target of building the HCMT fleet with 60 per cent local content.

“Workforce development and local investment in regional areas like Morwell will help revitalise the rail manufacturing industry and support the creation of job opportunities for Victorians.”

The traction system that will be assembled at the Morwell facility will convert the electrical energy into mechanical energy to propel the new trains using motors and gearboxes.

The new fleet will progressively enter service from mid-2019 on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines and will eventually run through the Metro Tunnel to Sunbury.

CRRC Times Electric Australia is a subsidiary of CRRC – a member of the Evolution Rail consortium that also includes Downer and Plenary,

An information session for interested job seekers will be held in Morwell on Tuesday 20 March.

For more information visit the career section of the Downer website.

The High Capacity Metro Trains Project will create 1,100 jobs across metropolitan and regional Victoria, with 15 per cent of jobs set aside for apprentices, trainees or cadets, and seven per cent for disadvantaged workers.

Plenary is part of the Evolution Rail consortium – also comprising Downer and CRRC – contracted by the Victorian Government to deliver the $2.3 billion project that includes the delivery of 65 new trains.

Image: Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan, Times Electric Australia Deputy General Manger Brett Purves, Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing and Times Electric Australia Office Administrator Michelle Winter visit the Morwell facility.

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