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From the Minister for Industry & Trade

Friday, 16 October 2009

Two companies have been short-listed to design and build Melbourne’s fleet of 50 new low floor trams as part of the Brumby Labor Government’s $38 billion Victorian Transport Plan.
Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky said Alstom and Bombardier were short-listed and the companies would be invited to tender before the end of the year.

“We are building a better transport system so people can spend more time with family and less time commuting,” Ms Kosky said.

“Patronage on Melbourne’s tram network has grown to more than 178 million trips a year and that’s why we’re taking action to deliver these 50 new trams as soon as possible.

“Alstom and Bombardier are internationally regarded in providing high quality and efficient tram vehicles.

“And with Melbourne having the largest tram network in the world, I believe both companies will submit world class tenders to provide the best value and vehicles for the travelling public.”

The Brumby Labor Government committed $1 billion in the Victorian Transport Plan to the development and production of 50 new trams and the redevelopment of the Preston workshops.

“These new trams will be able to carry an additional 10,000 passengers at a time and provide capacity on our busiest routes, particularly during the morning and afternoon peak periods,” Ms Kosky said.

“The new trams will be designed to maximise passenger comfort and will increase accessibility for disabled and wheelchair passengers to the tram network.”

Industry and Trade Minister Martin Pakula said the tram contract had been declared a Strategic Project under the Victorian Industry Participation Policy and for this project at least 25 per cent of the manufacturing contract would need to be local content.

“This local content provision is expected to create at least 150 direct jobs in Victoria. Importantly, this also raises the total local content over the life of the contract to more than 50 per cent, which is good news for Victorian industry,” Mr Pakula said. 

“The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to create jobs now and support Victorian manufacturing. This tender demonstrates our policies to support local sub contractors and suppliers, with 10 per cent of the selection criteria directly relating to local content.”

As part of the contracts and job creation, there will be the opportunity for Victorians to boost their skills and knowledge through new training opportunities including apprenticeships.

The first of the new trams are expected to be in service in 2012.
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