Victorian Government has invited interested manufacturers to develop proposals and participate in a collaborative design process for Melbourne new trams and trains, with design and engineering workshops to be held in coming months.
“We’re doing the vital design work needed to deliver new trains and trams that are reliable, accessible and meet the changing needs of Victorian passengers,” Minister for Public Transport, Melissa Horne, said.
The next generation trams will be fully accessible and include on board energy storage, reducing the need for power upgrades.
Together with the 50 new Bombardier E-Class trams ordered since 2015, the new trams will mean older high-floor trams can be retired.
The new regional trains will be fully accessible, energy efficient and capable of carrying more passengers.
The final proposals will need to maximise local content and jobs and integrate with Victoria’s existing public transport network, reducing the need for expensive infrastructure upgrades.
The Government has invested more than AUD 4.5 billion (USD 3 billion) in new and upgraded rolling stock and supporting infrastructure since 2015.