The first High Capacity Metro Train began operating on the Pakenham line in December 2020, providing passengers with a smoother, quieter and more comfortable journey. This followed a comprehensive testing process to ensure the trains are safe and reliable.
The Victorian Government ordered 65 new bigger, better trains as part of a $2.3 billion investment, which also includes a new train maintenance facility in Pakenham East and a light service facility in Calder Park.
An additional $123 million will deliver 5 new trains to service the Melbourne Airport Rail Link, bringing the total High Capacity Metro Train fleet to 70.
The new trains are gradually entering passenger service on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines and will eventually run through the Metro Tunnel to Sunbury. The 5 new trains will service the Melbourne Airport Rail Link.