Melbourne’s largest and newest trams begin testing on Route 58, between West Coburg and Toorak, as part of the government plan to roll out E-Class trams to more routes.
“Testing E-Class trams on Route 58 is an important first step in rolling out our largest and most accessible trams to help passengers from West Coburg to Toorak get where they need to go,” Minister for Public Transport, Melissa Horne, said.
The test tram will investigate tram stops and platforms, curves and gradients, bridge clearance, track quality, diversion routes for disruptions and identify any other potential issues.
Each E-Class Bombardier tram is accessible with dedicated spaces for passengers with mobility aids or prams, has audio and visual passenger information, more myki readers and air conditioning.
The 81st E-Class tram has been rolled out on the Melbourne network with the government announcing additional orders of the Victorian built E-Class trams last year, boosting the overall fleet to 100. In September 2018, the government ordered 10 additional trams from Bombardier, taking the total order to 40 trams since 2015 and boosting the entire modern, high capacity E-Class fleet to 90. The USD 56.6 million investment is part of the Government’s ten-year rolling stock strategy.
Passengers on routes 96, 11, and 86 are already serviced by E-Class trams which have space for more than 200 passengers, doubling passenger capacity on these routes.