Project

Next Generation Trams

PROJECT STATUS
Under Procurement
Next Generation Trams

This project will deliver 100 Next Generation Trams, providing more modern, accessible and energy-efficient tram services to the network. The Next Generation Trams will facilitate retirements of older high-floor trams. The Victorian Government is aiming for at least 60 percent local content in the manufacturing process, which is to be carried out within the state.

The project also will establish a tram maintenance and stabling facility on a vacant site in Maidstone near Highpoint Shopping Centre in Melbourne.

Key Dates

Sep 2019 Project Announcement
Dec 2021 Expected Construction Commencement
Jan 2022 Expected Contract Award
Jun 2029 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

Victorian Government

In its 2020-21 Budget, the Victorian government committed $1.48 billion for the project. The 2021-22 Victorian Budget allocated an additional $368 million to deliver enabling infrastructure for the project, including a new tram maintenance facility in Melbourne's north west.

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Victorian Department of Transport
Procurement note:

Victorian Government invited manufacturers to develop proposals and participate in a collaborative design process for the new trams in September 2019.

PROJECT HISTORY

Sep 2019 Victorian Government announced that it will purchase 100 Next Generation Trams, with manufacturing to occur within the state. Victorian Government also invited manufacturers to develop proposals and participate in a collaborative design process.
May 2020 The Department of Transport, Victoria issued Request for proposals for shortlisted bidders. The shortlist was not publicly disclosed by the Government.
Nov 2020 In the Victorian 2020-21 Budget, the Government committed $1.48 billion for the project.
May 2021 The Victorian Department of Transport issued Request for Proposals to shortlisted bidders to design, build and maintain the new trams. The Department did not publicly disclose the shortlist.
May 2021 The 2021-22 Victorian Budget allocated an additional $368 million to deliver enabling infrastructure for the project, including a new tram maintenance facility in Melbourne's north west. The Budget indicated the estimated completion of the project as June 2029.
Aug 2021 The Victorian Government announced a site in Maidstone near Highpoint Shopping Centre in Melbourne will be used to build the tram maintenance and stabling facility as part of the fleet procurement. The Victorian Government also announced that the contract to design, build, and maintain the trams will be awarded in early 2022.
Estimated Total Cost
(2021)
Sector
Rail
Procurement approach
Unconfirmed |
Location
Victoria |
Resources
Government resources
Victorian Budget 2020-21
Media releases
2019/09/19
2021/08/25