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Victoria shortlists manufacturers for state’s biggest-ever train order

Three consortia have been shortlisted to supply 37 ‘high capacity’ metro trains for the Victorian state capital, Melbourne.

Each of the shortlist consortia include local manufacturers to meet a requirement set by the state government’s for the trains be built in Victoria.

The new fleet is being procured as a public-private partnership (PPP) and will include the construction of a new depot in Pakenham.

The High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMT) Project will create 800 manufacturing jobs and 200 maintenance roles.

The shortlist includes:

  • Bombardier – comprising Bombardier Transportation Australia, Macquarie Bank, ITOCHU and Infrared Capital Partners
  • Eureka Rail – comprising Alstom, the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and John Laing
  • Evolution Rail – comprising Downer EDI, Changchun Railway Vehicles and Plenary

The deadline for formal bids will be in the second quarter of 2016 and the state government will award the contract by the end of the year. The first train will be delivered in late 2018.

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