Friday, July 8, 2022

Victorian tram contract awarded

Bombardier Transportation Australia has today been awarded the contract to build 100 new and accessible trams as part of the Victorian Government’s $1.85 billion Next Generation Trams Project.

The project is projected to support up to 1,900 local jobs in manufacturing, the supply chain, and the construction of a new purpose-built depot and maintenance facility.

“We’re proud to build trams and trains in Victoria, by Victorians – supporting thousands of jobs and improving our public transport network,” said Premier Daniel Andrews.

He said the proposed plans for the trams will be refined in consultation with key stakeholders including representatives from accessibility groups, passengers and tram drivers.

A local content quota of 65% has been included as a requirement for the Next Generation Tram Project – the biggest for any train or tram project since rolling stock local content quotas were introduced.

“We are delivering more comfortable, energy efficient and accessible transport services for Victorians to ensure they get to where they need to go safer and easier,” said Minister for Public Transport, Ben Carroll.

“Victoria’s rolling stock industry is the envy of the nation and this project will support up to 1,900 local jobs throughout the supply chain and play a significant part in delivering more accessible services on our network.”

The Next Generation Tram order will progressively replace some of Melbourne’s longest-serving high-floor trams.

For more information on the Next Generation Tram Project go to: www.transport.vic.gov.au/next-gen-trams

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