Testing is now underway on Melbourne’s new High Capacity Metro Trains which will be capable of carrying 1,100 passengers - 20 per cent more than any other train on the network.

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The Victorian Government has ordered 65 High Capacity Metro Trains as part of a $2.3 billion commitment to get more Victorians where they need to go.

Melbourne’s bigger, better trains will be a carriage longer, have improved seats, and better accessibility features.

Initially, the new trains will run on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines, and eventually through to Sunbury once the Metro Tunnel opens. 

New high-capacity signalling will enable more trains, more often travelling at intervals of just two to three minutes.

This project has generated jobs for more than 1,100 Victorians right across the state and is reviving the local rail manufacturing industry. It is a public-private partnership between the Victorian Government and Evolution Rail.

Learn more about the new train fleet

Trains enter next stage of testing

Passengers travelling between Pakenham and Dandenong stations may catch a glimpse of the new High Capacity Metro Trains as a series of safety and performance tests are carried out around regular timetabled train services.
This phase of testing will be the first time the new trains will complete test runs on the network with other passenger trains, allowing much of the testing to be conducted without causing major disruptions.
The new trains will be clearly marked as test trains and will not be taking passengers. The testing has been designed to minimise disruptions, however some passengers may experience some minor delays as we continue to ensure the trains are safe for passenger service.
Several new trains have already completed over 20,000 kilometres of testing across the network and a range of environments, including the network’s steepest sections of track.
Each train must complete thousands of tests and travel thousands of kilometres before they are rolled out for passenger service to ensure they are safe and reliable for passengers from day one.

Testing Melbourne's bigger, better train

Shortlist announced: First Peoples' art for first new train

Victoria is proud to be the creative state and home to world-leading First Peoples artists. 

To celebrate this, one of the first new trains will feature exterior artwork created by an Aboriginal artist or collective who are Victorian traditional owners. 

Four artists and collectives are in the running to have their artwork splashed across all seven carriages on the first train following an expression of interest process.

The four shortlisted artists are:

  • Kirrae Whurrong woman Fiona Clarke (Warrnambool)
  • Boon Wurrung man Adam Magennis (Mornington)
  • Wurundjeri woman Mandy Nicholson (Hampton Park)
  • Ballarat-based mob of three Koori men, Pitcha Makin Fellas, who belong to different language groups.

The artists have produced vibrant, uniquely First People’s with themes ranging from cultural diversity and meeting places to journeys and time.

The shortlisted artists will receive a fee for their designs and a panel of judges, including two Traditional Owner representatives, will select the successful applicant. 

The winning artist will receive an additional $18,000 commission for their work to be manufactured and installed on one of the first new trains.

Learn more about the shortlisted designs

Preparing for new trains

Sunbury line upgrade

The Sunbury line upgrade will deliver power upgrades and platform extensions to ensure the new High Capacity Metro Trains can run on the line. 
The project will also maximise the benefits of the Metro Tunnel project, creating room for 113,000 more peak passengers every week and allowing trains to run more frequently and carry more passengers.

Learn more about this project.

Cranbourne/Pakenham line works

You'll notice work taking place on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines, including station platform extensions and upgrades to power and signalling, to enable the new trains to run on Melbourne's busiest rail corridor.

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

Project status

  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 operational
  December 2018
  First HCMT begins testing on metropolitan network 
  October 2019
 HCMT testing program begins alongside passenger services 
 June 2020
 HCMTs operational on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines 
 Following completion of comprehensive testing program             
 Opening of the Metro Tunnel with HCMTs  2025