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Production underway on Alstom’s X’Trapolis 2.0 trains

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Production on Victoria’s 25 new six-car X’Trapolis 2.0 has begun at Alstom’s Ballarat factory, the state government has announced, ahead of entry into service on the Craigieburn, Upfield and Frankston lines.

According to a statement from public service minister Gabrielle Williams on Tuesday, the build is supporting up to 150 jobs directly in Ballarat, and as many as 750 throughout the local supply chain.

Assembly and fitout has commenced, according to the announcement, and work “will continue to ramp up in coming months, as more trains move through the upgraded facility in Ballarat.”

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

The X’Trapolis 2.0 contract with Alstom was signed in 2021.

The state government is spending $986 million on the 25 trains and major upgrades to the Craigieburn Train Maintenance Facility.

The trains have a minimum of 60 per cent local content, and will replace the 1980s-era Comeng trains.

Picture: credit Victorian government

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