New train and tram orders

The Government has invested in more than 280 new Victorian-built trains and trams since 2015.

These trains and trams are being continuously delivered into service to boost our metropolitan and regional fleets and support local jobs.

Our new trains and trams are more comfortable and accessible and will help cater for Victoria’s growing population.

The Victorian Government’s policy of a minimum of 50 per cent local content in new rolling stock orders gives manufacturers a secure future with new trains and trams built in Victoria by Victorian workers and apprentices.

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Next Generation Trams

Next-generation tram The Victorian Government is investing $1.48 billion to design and manufacture 100 Next Generation Trams in the biggest single investment in trams in decades.

This project will deliver more modern, accessible and energy-efficient tram services to the network, while supporting Victoria’s manufacturing industry.

The Next Generation Trams will facilitate retirements of older high-floor trams, making our public transport network more accessible for all Victorians.

The Next Generation Trams will start rolling out across Melbourne from 2025.

Key benefits

The Next Generation Trams will be more accessible and carry more passengers than Melbourne’s high-floor trams, with modern heating and cooling to give passengers a more comfortable ride.

The Next Generation Trams will also be more energy-efficient, with on-board energy storage to reduce power use.

Project status

A manufacturer will be chosen through a procurement process in 2021. 

Local jobs

The Victorian Government is aiming for at least 60 percent local content on the Next Generation Tram project to support Victoria’s strong rolling stock manufacturing industry. This is expected to support up to 1,900 local jobs including in the wider economy.

New standard gauge VLocity trains for North East line

A VLocity train waits on passengers at Southern Cross station.

Manufacturer: Bombardier Transportation Australia

Made in: Dandenong, Melbourne

The Victorian Government is delivering six comfortable modern, long-haul VLocity trains for the first time on the North East line.

The updated model will be the first VLocity train to run on standard gauge tracks on Victoria’s regional network.

These new trains are part of the Victorian Government’s 2019/20 budget investment to meet increased demand across the regional network.

Key benefits

The long-haul design, which includes feedback from local passenger representatives, will provide a range of benefits

Each three-car set will include:

  • comfortable seats for the long-haul journey
  • built in USB chargers and mobile boosting technology so people can stay connected
  • six luggage racks and overhead luggage racks to support the needs of recreational travellers
  • three bike racks capable of holding up to nine bikes to support cycle tourism
  • a modern catering facility
  • four shared tables so groups of family or friends can dine and chat together
  • accessibility improvements to make it easier for people of all abilities to travel
  • six wheelchair spaces with companion seats close by
  • fold-down tray tables with cup holders.

Three-carriage VLocity trains can run coupled together for a total of six carriages.

Virtual train tour

Take a virtual tour to learn more about the new VLocity design for the North East line.

Project status

Bombardier has begun manufacturing the new VLocitys for the North East line at their facility in Dandenong, supporting 100 local jobs and hundreds more throughout the local supply chain 

In September 2019, local passenger representatives provided the Department with important feedback on their needs for long-haul journeys which was used to design the new train interiors.

The new trains will start taking passengers following the completion of the North East Line Upgrade and a rigorous testing process.

Fact sheets

New VLocity trains for the North East line (PDF 107KB) 
New VLocity trains for the North East line (DOCX 30KB)

50 E-Class trams

E-Class tram Manufacturer: Bombardier Transportation Australia

Made in: Dandenong, Melbourne

Key benefits

The new E-Class trams are the largest, safest and most accessible trams on the network. Each tram can carry 210 passengers and includes audio and visual passenger information, air conditioning, improved safety features and dedicated spaces for passengers with mobility aids or prams.

Project status

All 50 trams are expected to be delivered by the end of 2021, bringing the total E-Class fleet to 100 trams.

Local jobs

E-Class trams are being built in Dandenong, supporting more than 500 local jobs, including the wider supply chain.

65 new High Capacity Metro Trains

The first HCMT on the tracks.

Manufacturer: Evolution Rail (a consortium of Downer, CRRC and Plenary)

Made in: Newport, Melbourne

Key benefits

The Victorian Government is delivering an order of 65 new high-capacity metro trains, capable of carrying 20 per cent more passengers than any other train on the network. Melbourne’s bigger, better trains will initially run on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines and eventually run through the Metro Tunnel to Sunbury. The project has also delivered a new depot at Pakenham East, which includes maintenance facilities, train stabling space and a train simulator for driver training.

Project status

The first High Capacity Metro Train began operating on the Pakenham line in December 2020, providing passengers with a smoother, quieter and more comfortable journey. This followed a comprehensive testing process to ensure the trains are safe and reliable.  

The new trains will gradually enter passenger service on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines. 

Every High Capacity Metro Train must travel thousands of kilometres and pass hundreds of tests to ensure it is safe and reliable for passengers. 

This important testing program will continue until all 65 trains are delivered. 

Local jobs

The high-capacity metro trains project is supporting about 1,100 local jobs, including the wider supply chain.

24 additional X’Trapolis metro trains

Upgrades are on the way for X'Trapolis trains.

Manufacturer: Alstom

Made in: Ballarat, Victoria

Key benefits

These new trains will take the total X'Trapolis fleet to 106 trains, improving reliability and capacity on the metropolitan network.

Project status

All 24 X’Trapolis trains have been delivered and are taking passengers. In addition, the Victorian government has invested $12 million for the next phase of design work for an X’Trapolis 2.0 train.

Local jobs

X’Trapolis trains are built in Ballarat, supporting hundreds of local jobs, including the wider supply chain.

47 additional VLocity regional trains

A VLocity train.

Manufacturer: Bombardier Transportation Australia

Made in: Dandenong, Melbourne

Key benefits

The new three-car VLocity trains will take the total VLocity fleet to 106 three-car trains, improving reliability capacity on the regional network. 

Six of the new trains will be allocated to the North East line – the first standard gauge VLocitys to run on Victoria’s regional rail lines - with the remainder to be used across Victoria’s busiest regional rail lines.

The latest trains include more seating in each carriage, accessibility improvements and mobile signal boosters to improve mobile phone coverage for passengers.

Project status

The new trains for the North East Line will start taking passengers following the completion of the North East Line Upgrade and a rigorous testing process.
The other trains are being added to V/Line’s fleet as they are completed. 

Local jobs

The VLocity train order is supporting more than 500 local jobs in Dandenong and throughout the supply chain.