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Alstom to provide X’trapolis trains for Melbourne

Alstom has signed a €300m contract with Victoria’s Department of Transport (DoT) to locally supply 25 six-car X’trapolis trains.

The contract with Alstom follows a two-year interactive design process with the DoT to design and engineer a rolling stock solution specifically compatible with Melbourne’s unique existing rail infrastructure. This new generation X’trapolis will deliver a network capacity increase without the need for major, costly infrastructure and power supply upgrades. The new trains, in line with Alstom’s strategy to deliver green and sustainable mobility, will be accessible and energy efficient.

Built in Victoria, the commitment to deliver the trains with at least 60% local content will provide a boost to the state’s advanced rolling stock manufacturing industry, securing the future of Alstom’s Ballarat manufacturing facility, and pave the way for new, long-term employment opportunities in the rail industry, including multiple trainee and apprenticeship positions.

Alstom’s Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, Mark Coxon said:

"Alstom is delighted to continue its long-term partnership with the Victorian Government and the local supply chain that will ensure we continue to build trains for Victoria, in Victoria."

The new generation of X’trapolis trains capitalises on key elements of the existing X’trapolis trains. The proposed design enhances the existing elements with service-proven technologies. The new train’s capacity will exceed 1,240 passengers and will be built to the latest International and Australian Standards, with an increased focus on accessibility and efficiency.

Delivery of the new trains will support the gradual retirement of the Comeng fleet – the longest-running trains on the network – with the new trains set to run through some of Melbourne’s fastest-growing suburbs along the Craigieburn, Upfield and Frankston lines. The trains will add to Alstom’s rolling stock fleets in Victoria which includes 141 Flexity and Citadis trams or light rail vehicles, 106 X’trapolis suburban trains and 88 Vlocity regional trains.

An interior mock-up for stakeholder consultation is planned for next year, with manufacturing due to commence by the end of 2022.

Source: Alstom

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