October 29, 2014

MORE VICTORIAN TRAINS, MORE VICTORIAN JOBS UNDER LABOR

An Andrews Labor Government will commit to buy 30 new trains for the metropolitan network and 20 new VLocity V/Line carriages as part of an $800-900 million major boost for both the Victorian public transport network and Victorian jobs.

Public Transport Victoria says an order for these new trains is urgent and Stage 1 of this initial order will be funded in Labor’s first Budget, with the first of the new trains to be on the tracks within Labor’s first term. 

 Stage 1 will see a $310 million order for these new trains, and $40 million for new VLocity V/Line carriages. Additional funding will be slated for future years.

Hundreds of Victorian jobs are at risk because the Napthine Government, after promising to build 40 trains locally, is instead planning to manufacture a significant number of these trains offshore. 

An Andrews Labor Government will place an order and commence a process to deliver certainty and a pipeline of work to the industry and the more than 600 workers employed at companies like Alstom, Bombardier and UGL. These companies should start preparing their bids. 

Labor will also commission the Premier’s Jobs and Investment Panel to develop a Victorian Rolling Stock Strategy which will formulate a long term order plan to give the industry certainty and to secure Victorian jobs.

 Quotes attributable to Mr Andrews

“Denis Napthine is doing nothing while our state loses jobs and our public transport system deteriorates.”

 “Labor will build more trains and create more jobs, helping to fix our unemployment crisis and fix our public transport system.”

“The industry has been crying out for a long term rolling stock strategy to give the industry scale and certainty, and that’s what Labor will deliver.”

Key Facts 

  • Labor will aim for a minimum local content requirement of at least 50 per cent to ensure that Victorian rolling stock is built locally, not manufactured overseas and just assembled here. 
  • In making orders for new rolling stock, Labor will preference bids that will employ the most Victorian workers.