High Capacity Metro Trains

Bigger, better trains and modern infrastructure to transport more people, more often


65new ‘next generation’ trains

7carriages per train

1,100local jobs


Melbourne’s next-generation high capacity metro trains will transform travel on Melbourne’s rail network.

The new trains will be bigger, moving 20 per cent more passengers per service, with the latest signalling technology that will allow trains to run more frequently.

As well as designing and manufacturing 65 new trains, the project includes the construction of a new state-of-the-art depot and driver training facilities in Pakenham East.

The Cranbourne and Pakenham lines will also be upgraded, including platform extensions and power and signalling infrastructure upgrades, to enable the new trains to run on these lines.

Train manufacturing will start in early 2018 with the first high capacity metro trains to be operating from mid-2019.

Upgrade works along the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines are being carried out by the Level Crossing Removal Authority, as level crossing removal works are completed between Caulfield and Dandenong.

The Victorian Government has entered a public private partnership with Evolution Rail (a consortium involving Downer, CRRC and Plenary) to deliver the $2.3 billion project.

Project timeline

The first high capacity metro trains will be operating from mid-2019 on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines.


The High Capacity Metro Trains Project is being delivered by Transport for Victoria. Visit the project website for more information.

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