Vic Labor promises more trains

The Victorian Opposition has promised new trains which are
at least 50 per cent Victorian-made if it wins power at the next election.

News.com.au reports that Labor will add 30 new Metro trains
and 20 V/Line carriages at a cost of between $800 million and $900 million.

Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews announced the policy at the
Ballarat plant of French company Alstom.

“Labor will build more trains and create more jobs,
helping to fix our unemployment crisis and fix our public transport
system,” he said.

“The industry has been crying out for a long-term
rolling stock strategy to give the industry scale and certainty, and that’s
what Labor will deliver.”

As the Age notes, current regulations require 30 per cent
local content in trains purchased by the government.

The Napthine government is preparing to unveil the first of
its new V/Line VLocity trains, built by Bombardier in Dandenong. It will also
soon source new trains from either South Korea or China. These will have to
meet the 30 per cent locally made requirement.

The Opposition said it will award the work to the company
which employs the most Victorians to make them. It has invited Alstom as well
as Bombardier and UGL to bid for the work.

Labor’s announcement was welcomed by the AMWU.

“It is critical that these trains are sourced locally and we
welcome the Opposition’s concern for the state’s workers,” AMWU State
Secretary Steve Dargavel said in a statement.

“There’s a huge need for these trains. If we get the
industry right, we can help build these for the local and interstate market –
creating further opportunities.”

Image: Herald Sun