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Victoria gets on board train production

The Victorian Government has kick-started production of the state’s new X’Trapolis 2.0 in Ballarat, which will support up to 150 direct jobs, and up to 750 local jobs across the supply chain.

Minister for Public and Active Transport, Gabrielle Williams said the regional workforce was now assembling and fitting out 25 new X’Trapolis 2.0 trains, as part of a $986 million Labor Government investment.

“Through our investments in next-generation trains we’re delivering better journeys for passengers – as well as supporting hundreds of local jobs in Ballarat,” said Ms Williams.

She said work on the X’Trapolis 2.0 trains will continue to ramp up in coming months, as more trains move through the upgraded facility in Ballarat.

The project has also helped to transform Alstom’s Ballarat factory, which is now home to world-class and specialised equipment to deliver the new trains.

This project includes a 60% local content quota, providing widespread economic benefits to the Ballarat region.

The new trains will gradually replace Melbourne’s longest-serving Comeng trains on the Craigieburn, Upfield, and Frankston lines – providing passengers with a more accessible, reliable and energy efficient journey.

Since 2015, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in locally-built trains, trams, buses and – supporting 10,000 Victorian jobs across the industry and supply chain.

“X’Trapolis 2.0 is result of global expertise, local knowhow and a wonderful partnership with the Victorian Government,” said Managing Director of Alstom Australia and New Zealand, Pascal Dupond.

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