Melbourne trams

The planning approval process is underway for the construction of a tram maintenance and stabling facility in Maidstone, that will house the Victorian Government’s $1.85 billion fleet of next generation trams. 

One hundred next generation trams are currently being built to deliver a more comfortable and energy efficient journey for passengers. 

Boasting a low-floor design and space for up to 150 passengers, the new trams will use around 30-40 per cent less energy per passenger than the current E Class trams. 

The new tram maintenance and stabling facility will be built on part of the old Victoria University site at the corner of Williamson and Hampstead roads in Maidstone. 

Victorian Minister for Public Transport, Ben Carroll, said the facility will be used to clean, maintain and stable the new fleet of trams, and will also house tram operations and administration staff.

“Melbourne’s new next generation trams will be the most accessible, comfortable and energy-efficient trams ever, making public transport more accessible for all Victorians,” Mr Carroll said. 

“Building this new state-of-the-art facility will ensure the world’s largest tram network continues to run safely and reliably for years to come.” 

Member for Footscray, Katie Hall, said the project will create 280 jobs during construction, and for ongoing maintenance and the supply chain, with local suppliers providing materials and services. 

“Locals have been eager to see the Maidstone site revitalised and this project will create jobs and improve services for passengers in this part of Melbourne.”

The community now has an opportunity to make a submission and provide feedback on the project, for which early works are set to begin in 2023. Melbourne’s next generation trams will start rolling out from the Maidstone facility from 2026.

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