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April 4, 2017

Victoria to build new train depot in Melbourne for HCMTs

Australia's government of Victoria is building a new train depot in Pakenham, Melbourne, to house and maintain its new fleet of high-capacity metro trains (HCMTs).

Australia's government of Victoria is building a new train depot in Pakenham, Melbourne, to house and maintain its new fleet of high-capacity metro trains (HCMTs).

The HCMT project is worth more than A$2bn ($1.5bn).

Set to be built with 87% local content, the new 118ha Pakenham East facility will include maintenance facilities, and feature a train simulator and stabling with a capacity for up to 30 trains.

Australia Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said: “The new depot will house and maintain Victoria’s new fleet of high-capacity trains, which will reduce crowding and create space for more passengers on our train network as Victoria grows.”

The facility is expected to create 400 jobs at the time of construction in addition to supporting another 100 jobs once it becomes operational.

Planned to be built in Newport, the 65 HCMTs are set to create 1,110 local jobs.

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"These state-of-the-art trains will be built in the inner west, stabled in the south-east and create hundreds of jobs across Victoria."

The latest investment will see more than 2,000 huge concrete segments being built for the elevated line that is set to eliminate nine dangerous level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said: "These state-of-the-art trains will be built in the inner west, stabled in the south-east and create hundreds of jobs across Victoria."

"It’s part of our record investment in transport to create jobs and get people home safer and sooner, every day."

The facility is slated for completion by the end of next year when the first of the 65 new HCMTs ordered by the government is due to arrive.

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