by Keri Allan
25 Apr 2022
Alstom has signed a framework contract with the Department of Transport Victoria, Australia, for 100 Flexity low-floor Next Generation Trams (NGTs) and 15 years of maintenance.
The contract, valued at approximately 700 million euros (755.82m USD), is the biggest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
The Flexity 2 light rail vehicles (LRVs) will go into service on the world’s largest urban tram network in Melbourne and will be adapted to meet the network’s specific requirements. Delivery will begin in 2025.
The introduction of the new fleet will enable the gradual retirement of Melbourne’s high-floor trams. This will ensure the network meets disability standards for accessible transport (DSAPT) requirements and provide a modern, inclusive transport network for all.
The new fleet will also support growing capacity requirements due to rising population figures.
Local content is a key aspect of this contract. The LRVs will be manufactured at Alstom’s Dandenong facility in Victoria and the maintenance contract stipulates 85% local content.
This will help ensure long-term stability for Victoria’s local railway industry and supply chains.
“We’re delighted to continue to support and be part of the Victorian Government’s investment plan to provide safe, efficient and modern mobility solutions to meet the future growth of the State.
“Trams are a crucial transport mode in Melbourne. The local delivery of this project will provide an all-inclusive experience for commuters while securing the manufacturing future and supply chains of one of Australia’s longest-standing rolling stock manufacturing hubs at Dandenong for the next decade, confirming Victoria as the leading railway manufacturing State in Australia.”
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