First Of New E-Class Trams Hits Melbourne Tram Tracks

First Of New E-Class Trams Hits Melbourne Tram Tracks

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews

First New E-Class Trams On Melbourne Streets

Victor P Taffa

First of 30 new E-Class trams ordered by the Andrews Government will begin operating on the world’s biggest tram network today.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan in Wellington Parade to inspect tram 51, before it and tram 52 enter passenger service later this week.

“We’re building bigger, better trams in Melbourne, for Melbourne supporting hundreds of local jobs.” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

“E-Class tram is local manufacturing at its best and we can take great pride that these locally manufactured trams will move locals and tourists efficiently and comfortably around our city.”

Low-floor E-Class trams are the biggest and most accessible in Victoria, with low floors, more myki readers, better information and space for more than 200 passengers.

They include audio and visual passenger information, air conditioning and dedicated spaces for passengers with prams and mobility aids.

Newest E-Class trams feature a new cab design which makes passengers safer including 8 extra hand rails and 24 more strap hangers.

These trams were built right here in Victoria supporting 500 local jobs at Bombardier in Dandenong and local suppliers.

“These trams will carry hundreds more passengers around our city and we can be proud they’re designed and built in Victoria.” Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said.

Trams 51 and 52 are the first of 20 ordered by the State Government in 2015 to enter service, and will operate on routes 96, 86 and 11.

Victorian Budget 2017/18 funded a further 10, taking the total number of E-Class trams to be purchased to 80.

All 80 trams are expected to be in service by mid-2019, providing space for more than 17,000 extra passengers.