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(AUS)Baillieu Government makes $93m seven-train order to cope with transport crush

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From the Herald Sun:

Baillieu Government makes $93m seven-train order to cope with transport crush


Ashley Gardiner

From: Herald Sun

June 23, 2011 11:51AM


THE State Government has ordered another seven trains to cope with growing public transport patronage.


Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder announced the $92 million deal this morning at Flinders St station.


The trains will start operating on the system in 2013, while another 15 previously ordered are still on the way.


“(This is) good news for metropolitan commuters,” Mr Mulder said.


“It will help cater for future patronage growth in Melbourne. We’re currently running at about seven per cent,” Mr Mulder said.


“We have to make sure we continue to provide the operator with the rolling stock.”


The seven trains are the first of the 40 new trains promised by the Baillieu Government.


Mr Mulder said the Government had bought them $4 million per train cheaper than the previous deal, making them worth $13 million each.


The Alstom trains will be built overseas and fitted out in Ballarat, and will contain 30 per cent local content.


The trains will run on the Epping-Hurstbridge, Belgrave-Lilydale and Glen Waverley lines.


Mr Mulder said the new trains would operate on those lines because that is where the storage and maintenance facilities are located.


Horay. Seven new jumping castles on the rails!

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