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Napthine makes big rail promise

<span class="" id="parent-fieldname-description"> A re-elected Coalition Government in Victoria would make the state’s biggest rail order in the last three decades, premier Denis Napthine has said. </span> <!–[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>385</o:Words> <o:Characters>2195</o:Characters> <o:Company>Informa Australia</o:Company> <o:Lines>18</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>5</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>2575</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>14.0</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]–> <!–[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> 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Immediate new order of another 12 X’Trapolis trains from Alstom in Ballarat.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Coalition’s commitment also includes the new order of 75 high capacity suburban trains, 75 E-Class low floor trams from Bombardier’s Dandenong South factory, and eight three-car V-Locity trains.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“From 1 July next year, a re-elected Coalition will deliver a new train every month for the next decade,” Napthine said.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“The biggest order of rolling stock for more than 30 years will mean 3,500 jobs in the rail manufacturing, supply and construction industries.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“This bold and visionary initiative will establish Victoria as Australia’s Rail Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in the important manufacturing sector.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Sunday’s announcement was a clear move by the Napthine Government to put rail at the centre of its election agenda, with the premier saying the commitment means Victoria “will have the trains and trams [it] needs”.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“The order is a key part of the Coalition’s ongoing transformation of public transport in Victoria to move more people, more often with greater safety, reliability and comfort,” he said.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“The 12 additional X’Trapolis trains will be delivered by Alstom’s factory in Ballarat, securing local skilled jobs and taking the Coalition’s order of X’Trapolis trains to 27 six-car sets</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“It will help ensure we maintain a highly skilled workforce in Victoria to deliver the next generation of trains for suburban passengers.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Napthine said rail manufacturers and suppliers will be able to re-skill Australian workers from similar occupations and skill-up new workers who can construct and maintain the rolling stock in Australia, to meet a nationally increasing demand for infrastructure.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“While other states have lost their rail manufacturers, the Coalition is backing local rolling stock manufacturers and local skilled workers to continue to deliver world-class trains and trams. Other states will be able to buy their rolling stock from Victoria,” Napthine said.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Coalition says it will insist that each new high capacity metropolitan train and tram under these orders have a local manufacturing content of 50%. The new V-Locity rail cars will have to have a minimum of 70% locally manufactured content.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Victorians go the polls on Saturday, November 29.</p> <!–EndFragment–>