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Get a first look at Melbourne’s new high-capacity trains

Get a first look at Melbourne’s new high-capacity trains
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Last year we learnt that 65 high-capacity Metro trains would be coming to Melbourne’s busiest train lines. Now, we’re getting a sneak peek inside.

Premier Daniel Andrews posted a video today of the trains, which will be 20 per cent longer than the existing fleet. The trains will feature a wider entry, digital displays, extra handles, flexible seating and even a bike area with straps. There’s even a flashy new seating design.

The trains will be manufactured in Newport. The upgrades are part of a $660 million project to be carried out along the south-east Pakenham-Cranbourne line. The upgrades will also include longer platforms being built at a total of 18 stations, increasing capacity by 42 per cent, effectively creating room for 11,000 extra passengers during peak times.

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