Contract awarded for Melbourne new tram maintenance facility

Maidstone tram maintenance facilityThe Victorian Ministry for Public Transport has awarded a consortium led by John Holland Group the contract for the construction of Maidstone tram maintenance facility in Melbourne.

Early works are now underway, with crews to spend the next few months preparing the site for major works to begin later this year.

The facility, located on the corner of Williamson and Hampstead roads, will be home to the new fleet of modern and accessible Next Generation Trams that will roll out first in the western suburbs from 2025 and will be used to maintain, clean and store the low-floor trams.

In April the authorities released the design of the tram maintenance and stabling facility which include modern and sustainable infrastructure, with energy efficient LED lights, recycled plastic materials and rainwater tanks which will harvest 80 megalitres annually to wash the trams.

The project will create around 280 local jobs in construction, ongoing maintenance and the supply of materials and services.

“Our Next Generation Trams will keep passengers moving across Melbourne’s west and now we’re getting on with works to build this new facility in Maidstone – which will keep our modern tram fleet running safely and reliably,” the Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll said.

The Victorian Government invested in the Victorian Budget 2021/22 to deliver 100 Next Generation Trams, which includes building the Maidstone tram maintenance facility to deliver more comfortable, accessible, and energy-efficient journeys for passengers.

The authorities are investing AUD 1.85 billion (USD 1.2 billion) for the procurement of new trams and the construction of the new facility. In 2022 Alstom was awarded a EUR 700 million contract for the supply of 100 Flexity light rail vehicles including the delivery of maintenance services for a period of 15 years.

The entire project is part of a AUD 100 billion (USD 66 billion) investment plan for infrastructure projects to provide better, more connected and more accessible services for Victorians.

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