New E Class Trams To Have Minimum Local Manufacturing Content Of 50 %

New E Class Trams To Have Minimum Local Manufacturing Content Of 50 %

Victoria Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder

Coalition To Order 75 New Trams For Melbourne

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  • The biggest tram order for 15 years will invest $1 Billion in Melbourne’s iconic tram network
  • Moving more people, more often, with room for 14,000 extra passengers each day

A re-elected Victorian Coalition Government will invest $1 Billion to purchase a further 75 new low floor E Class trams and support infrastructure for Melbourne’s growing population, Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said today.

Mr. Mulder said the order will create hundreds of direct and indirect jobs and was part of the Coalition Government’s efforts to establish Victoria as Australia’s Rail Manufacturing Centre of Excellence.



“This isn’t just a vote of confidence by the Napthine Government in local rail and tram manufacturer Bombardier, it’s also a huge morale boost to all the Victorians who directly and indirectly will benefit from the Coalition’s continuing orders for new trams and trains.” Mr. Mulder said.

“This is the largest order of new trams in 15 years and is a key plank in the Coalition’s plan to move more people, more often with greater safety, comfort and reliability.”

Mr. Mulder said that the 75 additional E class low floor trams will start carrying passengers between 2018 and 2024.

“The new trams will allow Yarra Trams to carry 14,000 extra passengers a day.” Mr. Mulder said.

It will also allow the retirement to commence of the older Z class trams that are approaching 40 years in age, lack air-conditioning and with their steep steps, are difficult to access.

“The 75 new trams will mean that by the year 2024, 225 of Melbourne’s trams will be fully accessible, which is more than half the fleet that is in use during weekday peak periods.”

“The new E class trams will have CCTV, air-conditioning, feature on board audible recorded stop announcements and will each carry 210 passengers – the most of any tram on Melbourne’s network.”

“A re-elected Victorian Coalition Government will ensure that passengers on routes such as Bundoora (86), Vermont South (75) and North Balwyn (48) receive low floor trams.” Mr. Mulder said.

Mr. Mulder said that a re-elected Coalition Government will also insist that each new tram under this order continues to have a minimum local manufacturing content of 50 %.

“Part of the funding will be allocated to depot construction and enhancement, along with traction power upgrades such as the commissioning of new substations.” Mr. Mulder said.

“Unlike the previous Labor Government that built two new railway stations without the required substations for trains, or failed to order new trains and signalling for Regional Rail Link, a re-elected Victorian Coalition Government will properly plan the acquisition and roll-out of these much needed 75 new E class low floor trams.”