Melbourne's trams made and maintained in Victoria

A pipeline of local jobs will be created for Victorians working on Melbourne’s iconic tram fleet, breathing new life into older tram models and preparing to deliver the state’s newest Next Generation Trams.

At the Preston tram depot, 50 jobs have been supported from more than 25 local suppliers working to extend the life of Melbourne’s classic A- and Z-Class trams, keeping the world’s largest tram network running safely and reliably for years to come.

The $26 million program is revitalising the mechanical and electrical systems of the trams, which make up around a third of the city’s fleet, to ensure they provide the modern tram services Melburnians deserve until the Next Generation Trams hit the tracks from 2025.

One hundred Next Generation Trams will make up the biggest single investment in trams in the state’s history, with $1.48 billion in the Victorian Budget 2020-21 to design and manufacture Victoria’s most modern, accessible and energy-efficient trams and purchase land for a new dedicated tram maintenance facility.

The entire Next Generation Tram fleet will be made in Victoria by Victorians, supporting up to 1,900 local manufacturing and supply chain jobs at the peak of production. As they are introduced, they will gradually replace the A- and Z-class trams across the network, which first entered service between 1975 and 1986.

More than $700 million has already been invested since 2015 to deliver 50 locally built E-Class trams, bringing the total E-Class fleet to 100 low-floor trams by the end of 2021.

Built in Dandenong, the E-Class program supports more than 500 local jobs across construction and the wider supply chain, delivering trams with modern features for passenger comfort like audio-visual passenger information, air conditioning, improved safety and dedicated spaces for mobility aids or prams.

The A- and Z-Class life extension program is supported by the Victorian Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works stimulus package, boosting local jobs as Victoria moves through its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.