The Victorian Government has committed to developing a comprehensive strategy for the future of W-Class trams.
Restoration of City Circle trams
Melbourne’s iconic fleet of W-Class trams servicing the City Circle are currently being restored so they can continue to operate safely on Melbourne’s tram network for many years to come.
Since 2012, six W-Class trams have been upgraded, with work currently underway on another six. A total of 12 trams are scheduled to be completed by 2020
The refurbishment work is being undertaken by the Bendigo Trust and includes:
- a new impact-resistant driver’s cabin
- removal of high-voltage wiring from the driver’s cabin
- new electronics and wiring to allow for GPS surveillance and improved electrical performance
- a complete rebuild of the body to include better safety features
- painting and restoring the green and gold livery.
Trams are being restored to as close to their original appearance as possible, while meeting modern safety standards and having improved passenger comfort, performance and reliability.
Reinventing retired trams
In 2017 the Victorian Government appointed a stakeholder reference group, to develop a strategy to guide the future of more than 200 retired trams that have been progressively taken off the network over the last 30 years.
The strategy led to 134 mostly W-Class trams being offered to the public through an expression of interest process, inviting people to come forward with their ideas to repurpose a tram and give it a new lease of life.
The expression of interest was open from the end of May until early July 2018, and more than 1500 people applied. The trams will be moved from the Newport workshops and allocated to their new owners over the next two years.