Mega-city-style trains coming to Melbourne

Published: 29 May 2017

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The experience of rushing for a seat on the early morning Melbourne commute may soon be over.

Designs have been revealed for a fleet of 65 new standing-room-only trains with capacity of up to 2000 people that will hit Melbourne’s tracks from mid-2019, according to documents obtained by The Age.

The new trains are expected to carry between 1200 to 2000 passengers, with only enough seats for 30 to 40 per cent of passengers – similar to Toyko’s crowded metro system.

“[The design allows] passengers to safely travel at a density of up to six passengers per square metre,” the documents obtained by The Age read.

Each standing passenger would have a hanging strap or pole to grab a hold of during travel.

Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said the high-capacity trains were needed to serve growing numbers of passengers.

“We’re building a 21st-century metro system for Melbourne, where trains run more often and carry more passengers,” she said.

Last year, Ms Allan said a fleet of 65 new trains would bring 1100 more local jobs to Victoria.

“These new high capacity trains will do the heavy lifting on the Cranbourne-Pakenham lines, ahead of the opening of the Metro Tunnel, enabling more passengers to travel during the busiest parts of the day,” she said.

The new trains will also include Wi-Fi, eight CCTV cameras, and will be able to operate in temperatures up to 50 degrees Celcius.