May 4, 2015

$2 BILLION FOR TRAINS, TRAMS AND JOBS IN VICTORIA

The Andrews Labor Government will invest $2 billion to kick start a long-term plan for train and tram manufacturing in Victoria, securing existing jobs in the industry and creating new jobs .

Member for Wendouree, Sharon Knightr and Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard welcomed the launch of Trains, Trams, Jobs 2015-2025 – Victorian Rolling Stock Strategy, which sets out the Andrews Labor Government’s ten-year plan for 100 new metropolitan trains, 100 new trams, and a massive expansion of our regional train fleet.

Ballarat is one of Victoria’s most important rolling stock manufacturing centres, with local manufacturer Alstom producing more than fifty of the X’Trapolis trains operating on Melbourne’s train network.

Tomorrow’s 2015-16 Victorian Budget will provide $2 billion for hundreds of train and tram carriages, including:

  • $1.3 billion for 37 new High Capacity Metro Trains
  • $274 million for 20 E-Class Trams
  • $257 million for 21 VLocity Carriages
  • $90 million for five New X’Trapolis Trains announced earlier this year, to be built in Ballarat
  • $75 million for maintenance and refurbishment to extend the life of the current Comeng train fleet
  • $21 million to extend the life of the B-Class Tram fleet

The multi-billion investment will provide greater certainty to rolling stock manufacturers and suppliers, which employ up to 10,000 people in Victoria.

Beyond this initial investment, Trains, Trams, Jobs 2015-2025 identifies a pipeline of train and tram delivery to meet the needs of the public transport network for decades to come. This will enable companies like Alstom to invest in facilities, in new technology and in workers, sustaining high-skill manufacturing in Victoria.

Investing in trains and trams will also provide education and training opportunities. The Labor Government will work with the TAFE sector to develop programs for apprentices in the rolling stock industry, training the next generation of engineers.

Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree, Sharon Knight

“Ballarat’s established train manufacturing industry, coupled with our policy that 50 per cent of the manufacturing of all new rolling stock happens in Victoria, means today’s announcement is exciting news for Ballarat.”

“Labor wants to see our rolling stock industry and their suppliers continue to grow and create local jobs, which is why we’re investing so strongly in new trains and trams.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard

The rolling stock strategy and Labor’s $2 billion investment in new trams and trains will deliver high-quality public transport and ensure high-skill manufacturing has a future here in Victoria.”

“The Andrews Labor Government was elected to invest in public transport and create jobs – and we’re getting on with it.”