Worries new Victorian trains could be made in China

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According to reports there is “widespread industry concern” that a new fleet of Victorian high-capacity trains will be made in China.

The Herald Sun reports the worries are that the 65 High Capacity Metro Trains will be made in China and assembled in Victoria, which has committed to a 50 per cent local content target. The contract is worth $2 billion.

The Evolution consortium – including the Chinese state-owned Changchun Railway Vehicles – was shortlisted alongside Eureka Rail and Bombardier bids for the tenders.

According to the article, the Victorian government moved to assure at least half of the work would be carried out in the state.

This follows last week’s announcement by the NSW government that 500 intercity train carriages would be made in South Korea.