Posted on 27. Sep, 2010 in Victoria

Dandenong based company Bombardier will design, construct and maintain 50 new low floor trams for Melbourne as part of an $807.6 million investment by the Brumby Labor Government including a new tram maintenance and storage depot at Preston.

Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula said Melbourne had the world’s largest operating tram network and carried 175.6 million passengers in the past financial year.

“Melbourne’s tram network is an iconic symbol of our city and this new order will provide capacity to transport an extra 10,500 passengers in peak periods,” Mr Pakula said.

“The order is a boost to our tram fleet and is a fantastic endorsement of our local manufacturing industry with major components built at Dandenong as well as assembly and testing.”

The new trams will be approximately 33 metres in length, able to carry more than 210 passengers, fitted with CCTV and be fully accessible for passengers in wheelchairs and the elderly.

Industry and Trade Minister Jacinta Allan said the new order would include 50.3 per cent local manufacturing content with the tram shells to be constructed at the company’s Dandenong plant.

“It is also a clear demonstration of the effectiveness of the Victorian Government’s Building our Industries for the Future strategy, supporting our local manufacturing industry,” Ms Allan said.

“More than 500 jobs will be generated when production is at its peak and there will be major flow on benefits for the local supply chain.

“Bombardier is continuing its roll out of 32 new VLocity carriages and we have more than 100 carriages already out on the V/Line network, which are extremely popular with passengers. We expect the same response from tram passengers when the first of our 50 trams enter service.

“A prototype mock up tram will be unveiled next year to ensure the trams’ design meets the needs of key stakeholders including the elderly and disabled.”

The trams will be fully accessible for people in wheelchairs on routes which are equipped with level access ‘platform’ stops and be fully air-conditioned.

The first of the 50 trams will enter service in 2012.

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