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From the Premier

Monday, 06 July 2009

Plans for Melbourne’s new tram fleet have gathered steam with Premier John Brumby today announcing the Victorian Government will seek expressions of interest from industry for up to 50 new low floor trams.


Mr Brumby said the Victorian Transport Plan pledged $1 billion for a new tram fleet which will be capable of moving as many as 10,000 people at any one time.

“Melbourne’s trams are an iconic symbol of our city and much loved by commuters and tourists alike. I’m pleased to announce today that we have moved onto the next stage for delivering a new tram fleet,” Mr Brumby said.

“This investment forms a key element of the $38 billion Victorian Transport Plan which will generate up 100,000 jobs over the life of the plan.

“We are going to the industry to seek interest for the production of the new tram fleet as quickly as possible to serve the growing tram patronage.

“And importantly we will be looking to secure and create new jobs with local content one of the key evaluation criteria to be addressed by potential bidders.

“We require that at least 40 per cent of the total contract must include local content in line with the Victorian Industry Participation Policy.”

In the 12 months to March 2009, tram patronage grew by 15 per cent to 178 million trips.

Mr Brumby made the announcement while inspecting works at the $34.9 million upgrade of North Melbourne station with Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky.

“The redevelopment of the station is progressing very well with no disruption to rail services for a project that will improve passenger amenity at one of our busiest stations,” Ms Kosky said.

“Right across Melbourne, the Brumby Labor Government is taking action to deliver Victorians the best transport network in Australia. We are adding more trains, buses and today we are announcing we’re in the market for new trams.

“These trams will be designed to maximise passenger comfort and ensure increased capacity for peak times and the low-floor design will increase accessibility in accordance with Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) standards.

“The improved design features will ensure getting on and off the tram is easier and quicker for all passengers, improving service efficiency for the entire tram network.’’

The EOI documents will be available at from Wednesday, 8 July, 2009 and will close on Thursday, 20 August, 2009.

The new trams will start to be delivered in 2012.

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