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Historic depot redevelopment to drive a brighter tram future

28 May 2014

The biggest tram depot redevelopment in Melbourne's history will transform Preston Workshops into a state-of-the-art facility for new generation E-Class trams.

The existing 18-acre workshops site on St Georges Road, Preston will be transformed in a $190 million project to provide stabling, operational and maintenance facilities.

The new Preston Depot will have the best available facilities to support the ongoing introduction of the E-Class trams and comprehensive tram maintenance programs that ensure a reliable service for the 180 million passengers who use trams each year

Coleman Rail has been awarded the $102 million design and construction package as part of the $190 million redevelopment. The contract includes laying seven kilometres of new tram tracks within the depot, reconfiguring the heavy maintenance facilities, creating a new tram servicing area, new sanding facilities, extending storage buildings, as well as installing a tram wash and an automatic wheel measuring facility.

Construction is expected to commence by the end of 2014, with completion scheduled for mid-2016.

The redevelopment will complement the recent arrival of a $1.7 million world-class full-cabin tram simulator that will be used in the E-Class tram driver training program.

The 2.5-tonne, full-cabin replica simulates 25 kilometres of the tram network in high detail and allows trainees to practice driving and situational awareness techniques before progressing to on-road training.

The redevelopment also includes new driver amenities and operations, administration and training facilities, a new substation and a new project workshop.

View the Tram simulation vision. (link opens in a new window)

Preston depot plan