New train and tram orders

The Victorian Government has invested in more than 300 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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25 X’Trapolis 2.0 trains

X'trapolis 2.0Manufacturer: Alstom

Made in: Ballarat, Victoria

The Victorian Government is investing $986 million in 25 new X’Trapolis 2.0 trains and supporting infrastructure to modernise the Victorian train fleet.

This will continue the gradual retirement of the Comeng fleet – the longest-running trains on the metropolitan network.

The new trains will start running on the Craigieburn, Upfield and Frankston lines from 2024.

Key benefits

The new trains will provide more reliable journeys, be more energy efficient and improve accessibility for passengers.

The investment will also upgrade the Craigieburn Train Maintenance Facility, allowing the new trains to be more efficiently housed and maintained.

Project status

Detailed design work is underway with manufacturing of the 25 X’Trapolis 2.0 trains to begin in late 2022.

Local jobs

X’Trapolis 2.0 trains will be designed and manufactured predominantly in Victoria, supporting about 750 local manufacturing and supply chain jobs. Many of the jobs will be based at Alstom’s manufacturing facility in Ballarat.

100 Next Generation Trams

 The Victorian Government is investing $1.85 billion in 100 Next Generation Trams and a proposed new tram maintenance and stabling facility.

Rolling out across Melbourne from 2025, the Next Generation Trams will enable the retirement of older high-floor trams, making our public transport network more accessible for all Victorians.

Key benefits

The Next Generation Trams will be comfortable, accessible and energy efficient with on-board energy storage to reduce power use.

Project status

The contract to design, build and maintain the trams will be awarded in early 2022 following a tender evaluation process. Community engagement is underway on the new tram maintenance and stabling facility.

Local jobs

The Next Generation Trams project will 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: Alstom

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

Work on the six new VLocity trains for the North East line is progressing at Alstom’s factory in Dandenong, supporting hundreds of local jobs.

The first of the six new trains will start taking passengers in the second half of 2021 following the completion of the North East Line Upgrade signalling and commissioning works and supporting infrastructure, and a thorough train testing process to ensure safety and reliability for passengers.

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 VLocity trains will gradually replace the aging classic fleet on the North East line, providing passengers with a more modern, comfortable journey between Melbourne and Albury.

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50 E-Class trams

E-Class tram Manufacturer: Alstom

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: Alstom

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.