Planning next-generation trains and trams

Early design work for Victoria's next generation of trams and commuter trains is under way. This will create opportunities for suppliers to get involved in major train and tram projects, while partnering with the best in Australia's rolling stock supply chain industry.

New commuter trains

The population of regional Victoria will double to two million people over the next 20 years, with cities and towns within a two-hour arc of Melbourne experiencing the strongest growth. That's why we're developing a modern, commuter-style train for regional passengers.

Significant early planning work has been undertaken for a new commuter train to provide services for Victorians travelling from major regional growth areas.

 

Key benefits

 

The new commuter trains will be fully accessible, carry more people, improve passenger comfort, and be more energy efficient, enabling the V/Line classic fleet to be phased out over time.

 

Project status

The Department of Transport is currently undertaking an interactive design process to further develop the business case.

Next-generation trams

We are getting on with the next-generation tram project to support Melbourne’s growth and the future needs of our tram network. 

We are working with major rolling stock manufacturers on an interactive development process to develop technical proposals for a potential next-generation tram that will fit the requirements of our network.

The business case will also identify and assess any supporting infrastructure requirements, such as depots and maintenance facilities.

Key benefits

The next-generation trams will have better passenger amenity as well as improved accessibility features to enable people to easily board the trams.  

The new design will address future needs and enable the retirement of the ageing high-floor tram fleet. 

Innovations in energy use, such as onboard energy storage, will reduce the need for expensive infrastructure upgrades to the network. 

 

Project status

 

The Department of Transport is currently undertaking an interactive design process to further develop the business case.

 

About the interactive design process

 

By working directly with manufacturers on their proposals, we can leverage the maximum benefit to Victoria’s manufacturing industry and create more jobs for a flexible and diverse workforce.

 

Several manufacturers will participate in design and engineering workshops to adapt their train and tram models for the Victorian network.

 

The design process will provide the Government with several well-informed proposals to choose the best new trains and trams for Victoria’s needs.