Victoria is investing $2.3 billion in 65 next-generation high capacity trains for the metropolitan network.

The High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMT) Project delivers the first two stages of our rolling stock strategy and includes:

  • 65 next-generation high capacity metro trains
  • 1,100 local jobs
  • 7 per cent of the workforce for disadvantaged workers; and 15 per cent for apprentices
  • trains ready to take Cranbourne and Pakenham line passengers from mid-2019.

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We're finalising the design of the new next-generation high capacity metropolitan trains that will transform public transport in Melbourne.

The design will be finalised in early 2018 after a year-long consultation, taking into account extensive feedback from accessibility groups, passenger groups and technical stakeholders.

Find out more about train design consultation.

Melbourne's new trains will be able to carry around 20 per cent more passengers than existing trains, and will be equipped with the latest technology for passenger comfort, accessibility and safety. The bigger, better trains will commence operations on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines from mid-2019 and longer term will run through the Metro Tunnel to Sunbury.

The HCMT Project is a public private partnership between the Victorian Government and Evolution Rail (Downer, CRRC and Plenary.

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Melbourne's New Train

Victoria's next-generation trains are going to get more Victorians where they need to go.

number of trains being built: 65
length of each train: 160 metres
number carriages per train: 7
planned passenger load: 1,100 passengers.

Passenger benefits

The new trains will deliver:

  • a smoother, quieter and more comfortable ride with improved seating and standing areas
  • improved accessibility features including:
    • 28 allocated spaces for wheelchairs and other mobility devices in each seven-car train (14 allocated spaces in each direction of travel)
    • priority seating throughout the train, located close to doorways and windows
    • two mixed-use spaces in each of the middle three carriages for passengers travelling with bikes, prams and other large items
  • improved real-time information through dynamic route maps and passenger information displays
  • improved passenger safety, with full CCTV surveillance
  • cooling and heating appropriate for Melbourne conditions
  • new high capacity signalling to enable trains to run more frequently (once Metro Tunnel opens)
  • more seats than existing trains on the network, with the exact configuration and number still being finalised.

Train Design Consultation

The new trains are being designed throughout 2017 in Victoria in close consultation with stakeholders including accessibility groups, passenger groups, and technical stakeholders. These stakeholders have provided hundreds of comments on features such as the doors, seats, lighting, electronic signage, straps and handrails.

Feedback has led to a number of changes, including the colour of handrails, additional hand holds, more priority flip down seats and more signage on the outside of the new trains.

More than 600,000 Australians currently use mobility aids and the design of the high capacity metro trains has factored in their need for more space for mobility devices, including scooters and wheelchairs.


Upgrades to the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines to prepare for the new trains

To enable the high capacity metro trains to run on Melbourne's busiest rail corridor, preparation works are occurring on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines. These works include station platform extensions and upgrades to power and signalling.

To find out more about how your trip may be affected, visit or call 1800 800 007.

Supporting Victoria’s Manufacturing Industry

The HCMT Project is putting Victorians to work by generating over 1,100 jobs divided between the Newport manufacturing facility in Melbourne’s west and dozens of component suppliers across the state.


Find out more about HCMT Project Jobs and Investment

A New Train Maintenance Depot

We're building a new state-of-the-art depot at Pakenham East that will provide maintenance facilities for Melbourne's new fleet of high-capacity metro trains, a stabling yard for 30 trains, and a high-tech driver-training simulator.

The new depot will deliver:

  • 400 jobs at the peak of construction
  • 100 long-term rail maintenance jobs
  • work for local suppliers through the use of at least 87 per cent local content during construction.
Artist impression of the HCMT Pakenham East depot – indoor

Artist impression of the HCMT Pakenham East depot – indoor

Artist impression of the HCMT Pakenham East depot – outdoor

Artist impression of the HCMT Pakenham East depot – outdoor


Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC) – HCMT Depot

Approval under the EPBC Act to proceed with the Pakenham East train stabling and maintenance depot works was issued on 8 November 2016 based on general and targeted studies of the site's environmental and cultural heritage values.

Early works commenced on this site in February 2017.

A key requirement of the EPBC Act approval is the publication of annual EPBC Act compliance reports by DEDJTR. The first report is due in May 2018


Project timeline

Milestone Date/projected date
Contract signed with Evolution Rail November 2016
Consultation commences on train design February 2017
Train design phase ends Early 2018
Manufacturing commences at Newport Early 2018
Delivery of the first HCMT for testing Late 2018
Depot complete December 2018
First HCMT operational on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines From mid-2019
Delivery of the 65th HCMT 2023
Opening of the Metro Tunnel with HCMTs 2026

Contact us

For more information on the HCMT Project:
[email protected]

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