High capacity trains and signalling
High capacity trains
The Evolution Rail consortium, comprising Downer Rail, CRRC, and Plenary, are the preferred consortium to build Melbourne's 65 new High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMT).
The brand new HCMTs will be longer than existing trains – with 20 per cent more space to reduce overcrowding – and the innovative design will use the latest technology, making them safer, more reliable and more comfortable for passengers.
The first high capacity train will be delivered and in testing by November 2018, boosting capacity on the level-crossing free Cranbourne-Pakenham Line from 2019, with all 65 trains rolling out as a dedicated fleet in time for the opening of Metro Tunnel in 2026.
All 65 of the new trains will be built in Victoria, for Victoria, with 60 per cent local content.
To find out more visit the High Capacity Metro Trains Project website.
High capacity signalling
Current trackside signals allow 20 trains per hour to run reliably. High capacity signalling will allows 24-30 trains per hour to run reliably, meaning more trains will run closer together and more safely across Melbourne's rail network.
A trial of high capacity signalling will begin on a section of the Clifton Hill Group and then be rolled out along new Sunbury – Cranbourne/Pakenham line that will run through the Metro Tunnel.
It will be the first roll-out of high capacity signalling on an existing network anywhere in Australia.