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. The new 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.

Value to the economy

The High Capacity Metro Trains Project is resulting in 1,100 jobs, including in the wider supply chain, and is setting Victoria up to become a train supplier to Australia and the world.

The new trains will be built in Victoria at the Newport manufacturing facility, with at least 60 per cent local content. The project will involve local suppliers and businesses from across Victoria.

The new Pakenham East depot will be built using 87 per cent local content and will provide long term employment for the region. This is a $2.3 billion project and a significant investment in Victoria.

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Project benefits

The High Capacity Metro Trains workforce includes 15 per cent of positions for apprentices, trainees or cadets and 7 per cent for disadvantaged workers.

The project will also provide opportunities to assist workers transition from the automotive industry to the Victorian rolling stock industry.

The new 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.

Want to know more?

Visit the High Capacity Metro Trains project.

Page last updated: 19 October 2018