Tram Procurement Program

Timeframe

2012 - end of 2017.

Five of 50 new trams have now begun taking passengers on Route 96. The remaining 45 trams will progressively begin taking passengers over the coming year, with the program completed by the end of 2017.

Cost

Over $800 million for the new trams and associated infrastructure.

Latest news

On 4 November 2013, Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder officially welcomed passengers on board the first of 50 new low-floor E Class trams that will transform Melbourne’s iconic tram network. Click here to see the video or read the announcement.

On 2 July 2013, the Premier Denis Napthine and Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder's announced the arrival of the first E-Class tram to Preston Workshops prior to the commencement of extensive testing. The first and second E-Class trams to arrive from Bombardier are now completing their extensive testing program on the network, prior to being introduced into full passenger service later this year. While the trams complete their network testing program, they will not be taking passengers.

On the 17 of April 2012, the Minister for Public Transport announced that commencement for the development phase of the Route 96 Project. The project will include a series of investigations aimed at developing plans for upgrades and treatments across the 14km route that will aim to improve travel times, service levels, safety, accessibility and reliability.

Project description

In response to the need to improve the capacity and reliability of Melbourne’s tram network, the Victorian Government has allocated over $807.6 million to the Tram Procurement Program (TPP).

Delivered by Public Transport Victoria the TPP is a comprehensive package of upgrades, new infrastructure and extra trams.

The program includes:

  • purchase of 50 new low-floor trams between 2012-2017
  • upgrades to Route 96, which will be the first route the new trams will operate on
  • redevelopment of the Preston Workshop and Southbank Depot, where the new trams will be stored and maintained;
  • power upgrades and accessibility improvements to other low-floor tram routes.

Route 96 Project

As part of the Tram Procurement Program, the Victorian Government is upgrading Route 96 as part of the arrival of the 50 new low-floor trams being added to Melbourne’s network.

Route 96 is a tram route that runs from the corner of Blyth and Nicholson Streets, East Brunswick, in Melbourne’s north through the CBD and down to Acland Street, St. Kilda, in Melbourne’s south.

Investigations planned as part of the Route 96 Project development phase will consider:

  • new level access tram stops and termini,
  • real-time information,
  • segregation between trams and general traffic,
  • tram priority at traffic signals and
  • intermodal connectivity with train and bus timetables

The Route 96 Project development phase is a partnership between Public Transport Victoria, Yarra Trams and VicRoads and is expected to be completed by early 2013. 

For more information, see Route 96 Project.

Southbank Depot - Upgrade

On 25 January 2012 the Premier and the Minister for Public Transport announced the $24 million upgrade of Southbank tram depot as part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network. The improvement project, to be delivered by Leighton Contractors, will enhance maintenance facilities for the existing tram fleet and the 50 new low-floor trams which are on order from Bombardier.

More than 50 jobs were created as a result of the works which were completed in 2012.

50 new trams

As part of the Tram Procurement Program, Dandenong based company Bombardier will design, construct and maintain 50 new low-floor E-Class trams for Melbourne’s tram network.

E-Class trams will not only be the biggest that Melbourne has ever seen, they will also be the safest and most accessible with a range of innovative features.

The first five of 50 new trams have now begun taking passengers on Route 96. The remaining 45 trams will progressively begin taking passengers over the coming year, with the program completed by the end of 2017.

For more information about the 50 new E-Class trams, see new E-Class trams.