One hundred new Melbourne trams will be built under a $1.85 billion deal with global rolling stock manufacturer Alstom.
The deal was secured by the Victorian Government, which will also see the construction of a new purpose-built depot and maintenance facility in Melbourne’s north-west.
The trams will feature 65 per cent of locally manufactured components and come off the production line in 2025.
Premier Daniel Andrews has announced 100 new Melbourne trams will be built in new deal. (Nine)
Premier Daniel Andrews said the new trams were energy efficient and more accessible.
“We’re proud to build trams and trains in Victoria, by Victorians – supporting thousands of jobs and improving our public transport network,” he said.
“Whether it’s delivering the road and rail upgrades that will slash travel times, or building new trams, trains and buses to get people where they need to go – we’re getting it done.”
New artist impressions of the trams. (Nine)
The trams will progressively replace some of Melbourne’s longest-serving high-floor trams.
Public Transport Minister Ben Carroll said it was a “historic day” for Victorians.
He said the trams will be fitted for deployment to any part of the state’s network, were a game-changer for the industry.
“It is a real steep change in terms of accessibility and energy efficiency,” he said.
“This is the biggest tram order in Victoria’s history.”