102m Boost For Historic Vic Tram Depot
$102m boost for historic Vic tram depot By [/home/search.html?s=&authornamef=Australian+Associated+Press Australian Associated Press]
Published: 01:17 BST, 28 May 2014 | Updated: 01:17 BST, 28 May 2014
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A historic Melbourne tram depot will get a state-of-the-art tram simulator as part of $102 million upgrade before a new generation of trams rolls onto the city's streets.
The Preston Workshops, a 7.3 hectare depot that from 1924 built and maintained Melbourne's iconic fleet of green and gold W-class trams, https://momcheap.pageride.com/importance-of-home-depot-kids-workshop/ will be redeveloped as part of the E-class tram project.
It will become a major training centre for E-class drivers, with a new $1.7 million full-cabin tram simulator that will take drivers on 25km of simulated Melbourne routes before they begin on-road training.
The upgrade will also include the construction of seven new kilometres of track within the site, E-class heavy maintenance facilities, stabling for the new trams and space for operations and administration, which will be transferred from a site at Preston East.
Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder said construction at the Preston Workshops would begin by the end of the year and would be completed by mid-2016, creating 200 construction jobs.
"The new Preston Depot will have the best available facilities to support the ongoing introduction of the E-Class trams and comprehensive tram maintenance programs that ensure a reliable service for the 180 million passengers who use trams each year," Mr Mulder said.
Yarra Trams Chief Executive Officer Clement Michelle said the redevelopment would give Melbourne "the best tram depot anywhere in the world".
Coleman Rail will design and construct the upgrade.
Fifty E-class trams will be in service by 2018.