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High Capacity Metro Trains Project

The Victorian Government is investing $2.3 billion in 65 next-generation high capacity trains for the metropolitan network.

These high capacity metro trains will be able to carry around 20 per cent more passengers than existing trains and will be equipped with the latest technology for passenger comfort, accessibility and safety. High capacity metro trains will progressively enter service from mid-2019, operating first on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines, and longer term will run through the new Metro Tunnel to Sunbury.

The High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMT) Project delivers the first two stages of the Victorian Government's metro rolling stock strategy and includes:

  • 65 high capacity metro trains
  • a state-of-the-art depot at Pakenham East
  • a light service facility at Calder Park to support operation of the high capacity metro trains on the Sunbury line
  • two train simulators to support the training of drivers
  • maintenance of the high capacity metro trains over 30 years
  • hundreds of jobs for local suppliers throughout Victoria

Melbourne's Newport manufacturing facility will receive a $16 million upgrade to build the high capacity metro trains. This facility will produce a high capacity metro train carriage every second day during the peak of manufacturing.

The Victorian Government has entered into a contract with Evolution Rail via a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement. Evolution Rail comprises Downer, CRRC and Plenary.

The HCMT Project Summary has been tabled in Parliament as per the Department of Treasury and Finance's Partnerships Victoria requirement.

Project updates

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The High Capacity Metro Trains Project has a number of eNewsletters you can sign up for.

High capacity metro train design

A range of passenger groups including accessibility advocacy groups, public transport user groups and technical groups have been working with the project team to develop the features of the new trains. These passenger and technical groups are working to evaluate and finalise design features of the new trains throughout 2017.

Learn more about high capacity metro trains.

Pakenham East depot

Completion of early construction works pave the way for main construction to commence for the Pakenham East depot maintenance facility.

The local community will continue to be updated on the progress of construction activities through letters, construction notifications and newsletters.

Learn more about the Pakenham East depot.

Jobs and investment

The new high capacity metro trains will comprise at least 60 per cent local content and will be built in Victoria at the Newport manufacturing facility. The project will involve local suppliers and businesses from across Victoria. The project will result in around 1,100 jobs, including those within the supply chain for the design, procurement, manufacture, component supply and maintenance of the new train fleet.

The HCMT Project exceeds the State's requirements under the Major Projects Skills Guarantee with 15 per cent apprentices, trainees or cadets; and 7 per cent of jobs for disadvantaged workers. The project team has strategic partnerships with Swinburne University of Technology and Chisholm TAFE. The first group of engineering cadets are due to commence engineering rolling stock cadetships in mid-2017

Learn more about local jobs and investment on the HCMT Project.

Passenger benefits

The new high capacity metro trains will be equipped with the latest technology and will provide the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines with a turn-up-and-go service. Passenger benefits include: 

  • a smoother, quieter and more comfortable ride with improved seating and standing areas
  • improved accessibility features
  • improved real time information through dynamic route maps and passenger information displays
  • cooling and heating appropriate for Melbourne conditions.

Key milestones

These are the key milestones for the HCMT Project. 

Milestone Projected date
Contract signed with Evolution Rail 21 November 2016
Consultation commences on train design February 2017
Train design phase ends Early 2018
Manufacturing commences at Newport Early 2018
Delivery of the first HCMT for testing Late 2018
Depot complete December 2018
First HCMT operational on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines From mid-2019
Delivery of the 65th HCMT 2023
Opening of the Metro Tunnel with HCMTs 2026

Upgrades to the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines in preparation for the HCMTs

Read the High Capacity Metro Trains Rail Systems Upgrade video transcript

To enable the high capacity metro trains to run on Melbourne's busiest rail corridor, preparation works are occurring on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines. These works include station platform extensions and upgrades to power and signalling.

To find out more about how your trip may be affected visit or call 1800 800 007.

Publications and media library

 To view the latest project newsletters, community updates and media releases visit the publications and media library.

Related projects

Works to transform the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines include upgrade works to prepare for the new high capacity metro trains and level crossing removals. To find out more about the Level Crossing Removal (LXRA) Project: Caulfield to Dandenong, visit:

The high capacity metro trains will first run on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines, with all 65 trains rolling out as a dedicated fleet in time for the opening of the Metro Tunnel in 2026. To find out more about the Metro Tunnel project visit:

Contact us

For more information on the High Capacity Metro Trains Project email

Page last reviewed on 22 September 2017

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