Tuesday 27th Oct, 2020

Latest X’Trapolis batch delivered ahead of time

XTrapolis trainset. Photo: RailGallery
Photo: RailGallery.com.au

French multinational Alstom Transport says it has completed delivery of the latest batch of eight X’Trapolis trainsets for Melbourne Metro ahead of schedule.

The six-car trainsets were delivered from Alstom’s regional manufacturing centre for rollingstock in Ballarat, Victoria, after being ordered by Public Transport Victoria in June 2013.

Their addition to the Melbourne Metro fleet brings its operating total to 82 six-car X’Trapolis trains.

Along with delivering the trains ahead of schedule, Alstom says it provided more local content in this order than it was contractually obliged to, a sign – it says – of its commitment to the local manufacturing sector.

“Delivery of these latest trains highlights Alstom’s trusted local capabilities and excellence in project execution and delivery” Alstom Australia and New Zealand managing director Mark Coxon said.

“The quality and reliability of these trains is testament to the dedication and skills of our team in Ballarat and those of our local suppliers.”

Coxon said the contract was evidence of Alstom’s focus on combining advanced global technology with local innovation.

A further five X’Trapolis trains were ordered by the Victorian government in a March 2015 announcement.

The next five trains are expected to start operating by late 2016.

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