Alstom has signed a AU€300 million contract with Victoria’s Department of Transport (DoT) to locally supply 25 X’trapolis trains for Melbourne’s suburban rail network.
The news comes following a two-year process with the DoT to design and engineer rolling stock compatible with Melbourne’s unique rail infrastructure.
The new generation X’trapolis will deliver capacity increase without the need for major, costly infrastructure and power supply upgrades. The new trains, created in line with Alstom’s sustainability strategy, are designed to be more accessible, reliable and energy efficient.
Built in Victoria, Alstom says the commitment to deliver the trains with at least 60 per cent local content will provide a vital boost to the state’s advanced rolling stock manufacturing industry, secure the future of Alstom’s Ballarat manufacturing facility, and pave the way for new, long-term employment opportunities in rail. It says this will include multiple trainee and apprenticeship positions.
Alstom’s managing director, Australia and New Zealand, Mark Coxon said: “Alstom is delighted to continue its long-term partnership with the Victorian Government and the local supply chain that will ensure we continue to build trains for Victoria, in Victoria.
“Following the successful delivery of Melbourne’s most reliable trains from our facility in Ballarat over the past 20 years, we look forward to working with the State and all of our local partners to deliver the next generation of X’trapolis trains, creating a new icon for railway passengers across Melbourne and the State of Victoria.”