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The Andrews Government will pay up to $3 million in taxpayer funds not to build an order of trams after it cancelled plans for 10 models that consume too much power on the network.
Earlier this year, the Department of Transport made a partial order for an extra 10 new E-class trams which would have taken the state’s total to 110.
But it has now informed contractor Bombardier and the suppliers involved that they will not be proceeding with the build and are expected to pay between $2m to $3m for the variation and inconvenience.
Its understood part of the justification for the decision was because the E-class models, the latest to have been developed, are much more power hungry than other trams and cannot run on a range of routes around Melbourne without further investment in substations and other infrastructure.
An E-Class tram makes its way from the platform. Picture: AAP Image/James Ross
The government is instead turning its attention towards an order of 100 next-generation trams announced in the latest state budget and due by 2025.
These new models have yet to be designed and procured but will be expected to have on-board energy storage to solve the power problem that has frustrated the department.
It is also anticipated that they will be cheaper to maintain and able to run on any route in the network.
Suppliers who have invested in parts that require significant time to produce are expected to have their contract altered so that their parts will instead be used as spares in the future.
The E-class fleet is on track to be finished in 2021, leaving a potential four-year gap between the rollout of the different models.
A government spokesman said the next-generation fleet would be one of the state’s biggest tram network investments.
“Our next generation tram order will use at least 60 per cent local Victorian content and create 1900 jobs, delivering a long-term pipeline of employment for the Victorian manufacturing sector.
A cyclist and tram head north up Swanston Street. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Ian Currie
Opposition transport spokesman David Davis said the change meant work was being cut back at a time when jobs were needed most.
“They’ve cancelled the existing arrangement in favour of new trams that are potentially years down the track,” he said.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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