Alstom has signed a framework contract with the Department of Transport Victoria in Australia to supply 100 Flexity low-floor Next Generation Trams (NGTs) for the largest urban tram network in the world.
The contract is valued at approximately €700 million, and includes the supply of rolling stock and 15-years maintenance. It is the largest contract for trams in Australia and across the Southern hemisphere.
Demonstrating Alstom’s strong commitment to localisation, the contract makes provision for 65% local content, with the NGTs being manufactured at Alstom’s Dandenong facility in Victoria, whilst the maintenance contract also includes 85% local content. The contract will provide long-term stability to the local railway industry and supply chains in Victoria.
Delivery of the Flexity 2 light rail vehicles is scheduled to begin in 2025, which will enable the gradual retirement of more high-floor trams from the Melbourne network. That will ensure compliance with the disability standards for accessible transport (DSAPT) requirements, and provide a modern, inclusive, safe, and reliable transport network for all passengers.
The new fleet will further support an increase in network capacity requirements to meet Victoria’s projected population growth.
Flexity trams incorporate innovative technology and feature environmental excellence. They were the first in the industry to combine 100 per cent low-floor technology with conventional bogies. Their modular concept paired with proven subsystems, makes them a perfect fit for various customer needs, from tropical to winter climates as well as for smaller to higher capacities. With a track record of over 30 years, more than 8,000 Alstom trams have been ordered or are already in successful revenue service in 70 cities around the globe.
Ling Fang, President of Asia-Pacific Region, Alstom, said
“We are very excited to be awarded this significant contract for the Melbourne Tram Network. This is a strong validation of our commitment to deliver mobility solutions that meet the specific requirements of our customers. The contract awarded by the Department of Transport in Victoria is a strong recognition of our strength and track record in delivering our innovative solutions locally. The project will provide a solution to address the balance in passenger demand growth and the need for sustainable mobility outcomes.”
Mark Coxon, Managing Director of Alstom Australia and New Zealand, said
“We are delighted to continue to support and be part of the Victorian Government’s investment plan to provide safe, efficient and modern mobility solutions to meet the future growth of the State. Trams are a crucial transport mode in Melbourne. The local delivery of this project will provide an all-inclusive experience for commuters while securing the manufacturing future and supply chains of one of Australia’s longest-standing rolling stock manufacturing hubs at Dandenong for the next decade, confirming Victoria as the leading railway manufacturing State in Australia.”