The 2016-17 State Budget includes $875 million for the purchase of 28 additional high-capacity metro trains and $105.2 million for five additional six-car X’Trapolis trains.
This is on top of the 2015-16 State Budget which included a $2 billion investment in new trains and trams for the network.
- $1.3 billion for 37 new, high-capacity metropolitan trains with a 50 per cent local content requirement
- $257 million for 21 new VLocity regional carriages to be built at Dandenong
- $90 million for five new X’Trapolis trains to be built in Ballarat
- $75 million to extend the life of more than 70 Comeng trains in the existing metropolitan fleet
The past two State Budgets have invested in the procurement of 65 high-capacity metropolitan trains for use on the Cranbourne Pakenham Line and Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel, and 10 X’Trapolis trains for use on the metropolitan network.
The 2016-17 State Budget includes $280.4 million for 27 new VLocity regional carriages to be built in Dandenong.
This is on top of 21 carriages invested in the 2015-16 State Budget, taking the total order of additional VLocity carriages in the past two years to 48.
The new carriages will help V/Line to meet increased service levels following the Regional Rail Link opening and improvements being delivered to the Ballarat Line.
High capacity metro trains
The 2016-17 State Budget includes $875 million for the purchase of 28 additional high capacity metro trains. This is on top of the 37 trains funded in the 2015-16 State Budget, bringing the total number of new trains to 65.
All high capacity metro trains will be built in Victoria, will increase passenger capacity for passengers, offer a high level of comfort and accessibility, and include the latest technology. The first trains will run on the Cranbourne-Pakenham line from 2019 and will eventually run through the Metro Tunnel to Sunbury.
High capacity next generation regional trains
The 2016-17 State Budget includes $10 million in development funding for High-Capacity Next Generation Regional Rolling Stock to cater for the future needs of regional Victoria.
A next generation high capacity regional train will be commissioned in the coming years to cater for strong patronage growth and provide new peak services.