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Melbourne's next generation High Capacity Metro Trains

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Next Generation High Capacity Trains Released To Market

Monday 29 June 2015

The Andrews Labor Government today called for expressions of interest for the design, construction and maintenance of a next generation, high-capacity train for Melbourne, which will be built in Victoria.

Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, said the release of the Expression of Interest (EOI) invitation was a significant milestone in the future of public transport in Victoria.

The Labor Government’s $1.3 billion investment in 37 high-capacity trains is the largest investment in new rolling stock in Victorian history. The new trains will be longer than existing trains – able to carry more people with every journey – and will use the latest technology, making them safer, more reliable and more comfortable for passengers.

The high-capacity trains will run on the Cranbourne-Pakenham line, Melbourne’s busiest. Together with signalling upgrades and the removal of every level crossing between Dandenong and the city, the new trains will boost capacity on the Dandenong corridor by 42 per cent, to carry 11,000 extra passengers every morning peak.

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Andrews government to spend $1.3b on high-capacity trains

June 29, 2015 - 5:06PM Benjamin Preiss

New high-capacity trains running on Melbourne's busiest line will carry at least 20 per cent more passengers than current models.

The government is spending $1.3 billion on the trains to service the Cranbourne-Pakenham line.

The 37 High Capacity Metro Trains will be longer than existing models and will have a standing-room capacity of 1380.

The state government on Monday called for expressions of interest to build the new trains.

At least 50 per cent of the manufacture must be carried out locally. The successful tenderer will have to demonstrate how its plan will boost employment, training and jobs in Victoria.

 

 

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I couldn't find the source of the information - I suspect Daniel has access to the tender documents - however this is a very interesting breakdown on the requirements for the new trains: http://www.danielbowen.com/2015/07/01/next-gen-trains/

As soon as I saw the Railway Gazette article stating that trains will be 160m, the first thought I had was that trains were going to be going down the 8 x 20m path.

Re: Daniel Bowen's blog - positive points (IMO):

- No more "married" sets (i.e 2 x 3 car trains that we have now) thus allowing passengers to walk through the entire train (And not to mention get more passenger space by not having two motor cars in the middle of the train (no driver cabs)).
- The tech points like passenger monitors inside the train which could eventually guide passengers to a portion of the platform where the least passengers are in the oncoming train: implementing this would go a long way to boost passenger experience.

From D Bowen's blog: "The trains will initially be 7 cars, “semi-permanently” coupled together, with a maximum length of 160 metres". I'd really like to see the source of this - is it 7 x 22-24 cars? or 7 x 20m trains with ability to add another car to push to maximum platform length of 160m?

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I stay in Sydney and let me tell you that our traffic isn't all that fantastic here. Our public transport is decent, but for businesses like my home removals company who need to use the roads day in and out, we could really use a helping hand when it comes to keeping the roads clear! I'd definitely welcome a better public transport system if it means less people to fight with during peak hours!

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Biggest Train Order In Victoria’s History

15 March 2016

The Andrews Labor Government has nearly doubled its order of high-capacity trains, making it the biggest single order of trains in Victoria’s history.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today to announce that the Labor Government has increased its initial order of High Capacity Metro Trains from 37 to 65 seven-carriage sets.

The new trains will begin arriving in 2018 and will immediately reduce congestion on the Cranbourne Pakenham line – Melbourne’s busiest.

Together with the removal of nine level crossings, rebuilding of five stations, and new power and signalling infrastructure, the new trains will boost capacity on the Dandenong rail corridor by more than 40 per cent, allowing 11,000 extra passengers in the peak.

The announcement brings forward the second stage of metropolitan train orders set out in the Victorian Rolling Stock Strategy: Trains, Trams, Jobs: 2015-2025.

The 455 carriages will be built in Victoria for Victoria, with at least 50 per cent local build requirement set to create up to 800 local jobs and support thousands across the supply chain.

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1,100 Jobs With 65 New Trains Built In Victoria, For Victoria

12 September 2016

The Andrews Labor Government will create 1,100 highly-skilled local jobs with the state’s single largest order of trains to be built in Victoria, for Victoria.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan to announce that the Evolution Rail consortium, comprising Downer Rail, CRRC, and Plenary, are the preferred consortium to build Melbourne’s 65 new High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMT).

This decision follows an extensive 12-month global tender process, with three competing consortia, each of which included a world-class mix of international and local manufacturers.

All 65 of the new trains will be built in Victoria, for Victoria, with 60 per cent local content. This surpasses the Labor Government’s promise of 50 per cent local content and will create 1,100 highly-skilled jobs, further cementing Victoria’s reputation as a global hub of rolling stock manufacturing.

The trains will be manufactured with a strong industry participation plan that includes 15 per cent Victorian apprentices, trainees and cadets, as well as workers from disadvantaged backgrounds. Partnerships with Toyota, Chisholm Institute and Swinburne University will help transition automotive manufacturing workers on to the project.

To build the trains, Downer’s Newport manufacturing facility will undergo a $16 million upgrade, CRRC will establish a new regional headquarters in Melbourne, and Australia’s only bogie manufacturer will be established.

A new maintenance and stabling depot in Pakenham East will be built with 87 per cent local content and provide 100 new long-term ongoing jobs for the community.

The lead members of the Evolution Rail consortium, the local Downer EDI, and CRRC –the world’s largest train manufacturer – have a proven track record of delivering trains both in Australia and around the world, including Sydney, Hong Kong, Beijing, Chicago and Boston. 

The brand new HCMTs will be longer than existing trains – with 20 per cent more space to reduce overcrowding – and the innovative design will use the latest technology, making them safer, more reliable and more comfortable for passengers. 

The first high capacity train will be delivered and in testing by November 2018, boosting capacity on the level-crossing free Cranbourne-Pakenham Line from 2019, with all 65 trains rolling out as a dedicated fleet in time for the opening of the Metro Tunnel in 2026.

Nine new six-car trains will also be ordered from Alstom to meet demand on the network prior to the roll-out of HCMTs, securing work at Alstom’s Ballarat workshop until at least 2019, with 114 carriages ordered.

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http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/trains/

High Capacity Metro Trains

The brand new HCMTs will be longer than existing trains – with more space to reduce overcrowding n every journey – and the innovative design will use the latest technology, making them safer, more reliable and more comfortable for passengers.

All 65 of the new trains will be built in Victoria, for Victoria, with 60 per cent local content – far surpassing the Labor Government’s 50 per cent local content requirement – set to create 1,100 highly-skilled jobs and further cement Victoria as a global hub of rolling stock manufacturing.

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http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/ballarat-jobs-secured-with-new-train-order/

Ballarat Jobs Secured With New Train Order

12 September 2016

The Andrews Labor Government is securing the future of Ballarat manufacturing and boosting the capacity of Melbourne’s rail system.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan, Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight and Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard announced the order of nine new X’Trapolis trains from local manufacturer Alstom in Ballarat today.

19 six-car X’Trapolis trains have been ordered from local manufacturer Alstom since the Labor Government came to office – more than $300 million of work.

This new 54 carriage order is part of the Government’s long term strategy to create a pipeline of sustainable, local train and tram building and maintenance work around Victoria.

The Government’s Trains, Trams, Jobs: Rolling Stock Strategy puts an end to the ad-hoc procurement of trains and trams and gives certainty to companies and workers in the engineering and manufacturing industries.

The first train is expected to enter service in mid-2018, following the delivery of existing orders underway, with delivery of the ninth train expected in early 2019.

There will be a fleet of 101 X’Trapolis trains on Melbourne’s network once this work is completed.

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First Of More Than 100 New Trains Hits The Tracks

26 October 2016

The Andrews Labor Government has ordered more than 100 new trains for Victoria, and the first of them is now in service.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and Minister for Employment Wade Noonan today visited Southern Cross Station to inspect the first of 48 new VLocity regional carriages ordered by the Labor Government, delivered four months ahead of schedule.

The first new X’Trapolis metropolitan train ordered by the Labor Government is now also on the tracks, with 18 more to roll off the production line in Ballarat and into service in the next three years.

The X’Trapolis and VLocity trains will relieve pressure on the network ahead of 65 new high-capacity metro trains that will begin arriving in late 2018 – the largest single order of new trains in Victoria’s history.

Our unprecedented investment in trains is supporting thousands of local jobs in the rolling stock industry, and providing opportunities for young workers and people re-skilling from the auto-industry and other sectors.

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Building Victoria’s First High Capacity Train Line

16 February 2017

Work has begun to prepare the Cranbourne-Pakenham line for the 65 new High-Capacity Metro Trains (HCMTs) being built in Victoria by the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today outlined $660 million worth of upgrades that will be carried out along the entire length of Melbourne’s busiest train line and the entry to the Metro Tunnel.

Over the coming years, power and signalling will be upgraded between the City Loop, Pakenham and Cranbourne.

Longer platforms will be built at a total of 18 stations on the Cranbourne-Pakenham line to cater for the HCMTs, which will be 20 per cent longer than the existing fleet and carry hundreds more passengers with every trip.

As part of these works, platforms at 13 existing stations will be extended, in addition to longer platforms  at the five new stations being delivered through the $1.6 billion Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project.

More than 70 kilometres of overhead power lines will be rebuilt, 20 substations will be built or upgraded, and a section of track in South Dandenong will be duplicated to boost reliability and support more services.

A huge new depot will be built  in Pakenham East that will include a maintenance facility, train simulators and stabling for up to 30 trains – creating 100 new ongoing local jobs.

To undertake this huge program of works safely, there will be some unavoidable disruptions to train services, the first of which will see buses replace trains between Dandenong and Pakenham from 1 to 5 April.

The Labor Government’s 65 new HCMTs represent the largest single order of new trains in Victoria’s history.

With the removal of nine level crossings, the new trains and infrastructure upgrades will increase capacity on the Cranbourne-Pakenham line by 42 per cent, creating room for 11,000 extra passengers in the peak.

Just as importantly, every one of these new trains will be built in Victoria – creating 1,100 local jobs, as well as skills and opportunities for more than 150 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets.

The first HCMT will be delivered and in testing by late next year, ready to enter service in 2019. All 65 trains will be ready for the opening of the Metro Tunnel in 2026.

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2000 people per train: Metro's standing room-only future revealed

MAY 28 2017 - 7:11PM Adam Carey

The days of getting a seat on a Melbourne train will soon be replaced by the kind of shoulder-to-shoulder commute people experience daily in mega-cities such as Tokyo.

Designs for a planned fleet of 65 new high-capacity trains that will enter service from mid-2019 reveal a radical change is in store for Melbourne train travellers.

The days of getting a seat on a Melbourne train will soon be replaced by the kind of shoulder-to-shoulder commute people experience daily in mega-cities such as Tokyo.

Designs for a planned fleet of 65 new high-capacity trains that will enter service from mid-2019 reveal a radical change is in store for Melbourne train travellers.

According to studies, this level of crowding is comparable to that experienced in the Tokyo metro.

By way of comparison, the city's current fleet of trains are designed to comfortably fit 900 people and seat about two-thirds of them.

A 2011 study of Australian commuters' tolerance for crowding, by the Co-operative Research Centre for Rail Innovation, found Australian train travellers would easily tolerate a density of up to four people per square metre before a sense of overcrowding kicked in.

According to the technical documents, the high-capacity trains will be built with seating for 40 per cent of passengers but will "enable a future reduction of seating in the range down to 30 per cent of the original gross train capacity".

Every standing passenger would have a grab rail or hanging strap to hold onto.

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Perhaps best to ignore the headline (probably written by a sub-editor in NZ?).

~200 passengers per car @ 7-car trains to begin with = 1400 capacity from day one of operations. 1 for 1 train replacement (over a two-three year period to replace the Pakenham/Cranbourne fleet?) will see almost immediate relief, building as more trains are delivered. We didn't really get that much of a big jump when the Siemens were rolled out. Hurry it up!

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