Bigger trains for a better Melbourne

The High Capacity Metro Trains Project delivers:

Melbourne’s bigger, better trains will initially run on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines and will eventually run through the Metro Tunnel to Sunbury. High-capacity signaling will allow the fleet to provide a more frequent, turn-up-and-go service.

The HCMT Project is supporting local manufacturing and putting Victorians to work, delivering:

  • 1100 local jobs, including those in the supply chain
  • Over 60 per cent local content in the train fleet
  • 87 per cent local content in the depot build
  • 7 per cent of jobs in the project allocated for workers that face barriers to employment; and 15 per cent for apprentices.

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The High Capacity Metro Trains Project is a public private partnership between the Victorian Government and Evolution Rail (Downer, CRRC and Plenary).

Train design engagement

An extensive engagement program in 2017 led to more than 2500 pieces of feedback, which have been considered in the train design. We would like to thank accessibility groups, passenger groups, members of the public and technical stakeholders that were part of this year-long program.

The 40-metre-long model of Melbourne’s new train that was used for train design engagement was put on public display in February 2018 at Birrarung Marr.

The nine-day event concluded at White Night, bringing together world class art and pioneering public transport.

White Night’s ethos celebrates our inclusive society, a fitting theme to display Melbourne’s new train as its passenger features were designed with the help of hundreds of Victorians.

Read the key aspects of the train design engagement:

See highlights of the engagement program:


Your 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: 1100 passengers.

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, close to doorways and windows
  • 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
  • two mixed-use spaces in each of the middle three carriages for passengers travelling with bikes, prams and other large items.

Upgrades to the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines

Works are occurring on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines to enable the high-capacity metro trains to run on Melbourne's busiest rail corridor, including 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.

A new train maintenance depot

We're building a new 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:

  • About 450 jobs at the peak of construction
  • 100 long-term rail maintenance jobs
  • work for local suppliers by using at least 87 per cent local content during construction.

See the new depot come to life:



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.

  • Download the annual compliance report (February 2017 - February 2018) (PDF 1.45MB)
  • 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 November 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 2025

    Contact us

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

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    Download the HCMT Project summary (PDF 870KB) or the accessible version (DOCX 1.45MB) and Project agreement.