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New high-capacity trains running on Melbourne's busiest line will carry at least 20 per cent more passengers than current models.
The government is spending $1.3 billion on New high-capacity trains running on Melbourne's busiest line will carry at least 20 per cent more passengers than current models.
The government is spending $1.3 billion on the trains to service the Cranbourne-Pakenham line.
The 37 High Capacity Metro Trains will be longer than existing models and will have a standing-room capacity of 1380.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan. Photo: Jesse Marlow
The state government on Monday called for expressions of interest to build the new trains.he trains to service the Cranbourne-Pakenham line.
At least 50 per cent of the manufacture must be carried out locally. The successful tenderer will have to demonstrate how its plan will boost employment, training and jobs in Victoria.
Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said the trains would be safer and "designed for passenger comfort".
She said a new maintenance facility would also be built in Pakenham East to house and maintain the trains.
The first of the trains will be completed by the end of 2018. "We'd like to see these trains on our system as soon as possible," she said.
The expression of interest document says the trains will need the flexibility to be extended in future to include nine or 10 cars at a length of up to 230 metres. Trains currently run six cars.
Although metropolitan train station platforms are generally shorter than 230 metres, the five stations to be built for the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel are expected to include platforms reaching that length.
Public Transport Victoria chief executive Mark Wild said current trains were really "two small trains joined together".
He indicated the new interiors would be substantially different to those now in operation. "It's important we get a global train, a train that's used around the world. But the interior will be very much for Victoria," he said.
Mr Wild said customers would see a "big difference". "It will be brighter, lighter, more comfortable and we'll get 20 per cent more people on."
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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