The first of Victoria’s new 7-car High Capacity Metro Trains has moved into testing before rolling out as the first new train on Melbourne’s network in 20 years.

The new trains, built in Victoria, can hold 20 per cent more passengers and will enter service on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines from mid-next year, offering a ‘turn up and go’ service when the Metro Tunnel opens.

The 160-metre long new High Capacity Metro Train will undergo testing at Newport before being relocated to the purpose-built Pakenham East depot to undergo further testing.

The first train has been manufactured and assembled by more than 175 local workers in Newport, with the project resulting in 1,100 jobs.

The first new project is creating opportunities for Victorians of all ages, with over 50 apprentices, 40 trainees and a number of cadets. It is also giving new opportunities to workers transitioning from the state’s aviation, forestry, coal-fired power and automotive industries.

The trains are being built using 60 per cent local content, more than any other project of this kind in Australia – with bogie frames being built in Bendigo, traction and electrical systems made in Morwell, key electrical components and pantographs from Hallam, gearboxes from Altona and braking systems from Derrimut.

The new longer trains are a result of an 18 month-long design process, involving thousands of Victorians who had their say on making the trains more accessible and comfortable than ever before.  Earlier this year, more than 75,000 Victorians were able to experience a life size 40-metre mock-up version of the new train.

The Andrews Labor Government has already removed eleven level crossings on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines and is upgrading signalling, to prepare for the new trains, which will progressively enter service from mid-2019, and eventually run through the new Metro Tunnel to Sunbury.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“These workers who used to make cars for Victoria are now making our trains – that’s a real transition.”

“We’ve removed 11 level crossings on these lines - now we’re getting ready to roll out bigger trains to run more trains, more often.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

“The former Liberal Government tried to buy trains from overseas, denying Victorians jobs.”

“Our bigger better trains will carry more people and allow us to run more services once the Metro Tunnel is complete.”