April 27, 2016

NEW TRAINS SECURE JOBS IN BALLARAT

The Andrews Labor Government will order more trains for Melbourne, securing hundreds of jobs in Ballarat.

The Victorian Budget 2016/17 provides $105.2 million for 5 new X’Trapolis trains that will be built by local manufacturer Alstom.

The new order builds on the 5 new X’Trapolis trains the Labor Government ordered last year, saving hundreds of high-skilled local manufacturing jobs at the train builder.

The new metropolitan rolling stock will support local jobs in Ballarat, and create space for 5,000 extra passengers across the metropolitan network.

The Labor Government has also ordered 65 high capacity trains, the tender process for which is still ongoing, with a contract expected to be awarded later this year.

The new trains are part of the Labor Government’s rolling stock strategy Trains, Trams, Jobs 2015-2025, released ahead of last year’s Budget.

It sets out a 10 year plan for new trains and trams for Melbourne and a massive expansion of the regional fleet, to carry more passengers and support jobs in Victoria’s significant rolling stock industry, which employs 10,000 people.

Quotes attributable to the Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight

“These new trains will not only create space for thousands of extra passengers in Melbourne, they’ll support hundreds of jobs here in Ballarat.”

“The former Liberal Government let Victoria’s rolling stock industry down. They didn’t order enough trains or plan for the future, which put jobs at Alstom and other manufacturers at risk.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard

“We’re investing in the trains and trams we need, and have set out a ten-year order book for hundreds more, to give confidence to manufacturers and suppliers, so they can invest in the people and infrastructure they need.”

“We’re not ignoring Ballarat, or passengers across Victoria like the Liberals did. We’re investing in jobs and transport to put food on the table and get people home safer and sooner, wherever they live.”