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Melbourne's first new generation tram arrives

Added: 26 June 2013

Melbourne’s first new generation low-floor E-Class tram has arrived at Preston Workshops in preparation to join Melbourne’s tram fleet later this year.

Premier of Victoria Dr Denis Napthine, Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder, Public Transport Victoria Chair and Chief Executive Officer Ian Dobbs and Yarra Trams Chief Executive Officer Clément Michel were among those to inspect tram 6001 at Preston Workshops yesterday.

The tram has been relocated to Preston Workshops after undergoing initial testing at the Bombardier factory in Dandenong. Melburnians will soon see the tram around the network as it completes out-of-service testing, before it enters full passenger service on Route 96 later this year.

These 50 new low-floor trams will be progressively introduced over the coming years and are the future of Melbourne’s tram network.

As new trams are introduced to Route 96, high-capacity trams with greater capacity will be put on routes where patronage or demand for larger trams is greatest, providing benefits across the tram network.

These 50 trams represent a $300 million component of an overall $800 million investment in the tram network, which also includes track upgrades, tram stop improvements, depot redevelopments and upgrades to power infrastructure.

E-Class at a glance

  Capacity: 210 people. By comparison a 'Bumblebee' tram holds 150 people.
  Size: 33 metres long, 2.65 metres wide

E-Class trams will not only be the biggest that Melbourne has ever seen, they will also be the safest and most accessible with a range of innovative features including:

  • air-conditioning specifically designed for Melbourne's weather
  • dedicated wheelchair spaces with accessible intercom and next stop request button
  • external cameras to monitor passenger boarding and record motor vehicles illegally passing stationary trams
  • improved ride comfort and reduced noise with rotating bogies to handle tight turns
  • improved safety features to absorb impact in event of a collision
  • improved security via CCTV and emergency intercoms at each doorway
  • increased grab rails and stop request buttons in ergonomically selected locations
  • slip-resistant floors
  • state-of-the-art audio and visual announcements including next stop, destination, direction and connectivity.