Published on : Friday, February 17, 2017
The upgrades that will be carried out along the entire length of Melbourne’s busiest train line and the entry to the Metro Tunnel.
With the removal of nine level crossings, the new trains and infrastructure upgrades will increase capacity on the Cranbourne-Pakenham line by 42 per cent, creating room for 11,000 extra passengers in the peak.
“We’re building Melbourne’s first high capacity train line and creating thousands of new construction jobs,” Premier Daniel Andrews said in a statement.
He added, “Bigger trains, better stations, and no level crossings will get tens of thousands of people in Melbourne’s south east home safer and sooner every day.”
Every one of these new trains will be built in Victoria – creating 1,100 local jobs, as well as skills and opportunities for more than 150 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets.
The first HCMT will be delivered and in testing by late next year, ready to enter service in 2019. All 65 trains will be ready for the opening of the Metro Tunnel in 2026.