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TIN news:       Australia's Victorian Government has decided to purchase 30 new X'trapolis train carriages from Alstom, saving jobs in the Ballarat manufacturing facility.
 
In addition to saving jobs, the new investment will boost the capacity of Melbourne's rail system by eliminating the short-term gap in train availability.
 
Premier Daniel Andrews said: "This investment is good for workers, good for Ballarat and good for every single person who uses Melbourne's train network.
"Our plan gives workers certainty, boosts Ballarat's economy and upgrades Melbourne's public transport system."
 
"We were elected to invest in public transport, rebuild our economy and get Victoria back to work, and we're getting on with it."
 
The new investment represents a long-term rolling stock strategy for Victoria, which will be unveiled with the May Budget.
 
This new order for Alstom will save 70 local jobs in Ballarat since previous contracts are expected to expire in July, the Herald Sun reported.
 
Public transport and employment minister Jacinta Allan said: "The previous Liberal government left Alstom in the lurch and left the livelihoods of their workers in limbo.
 
"Our plan gives workers certainty, boosts Ballarat's economy and upgrades Melbourne's public transport system."
 
The new X'trapolis train will make up five six-car trains and the first train is expected to be operational by the end of 2016.
 
Meanwhile, Andrews said that the government has already started projects that will reduce congestion, fix public transport, save lives and create jobs in the country.
 
Within this, the Level Crossing Removal Project and the Melbourne Metro Rail Project is expected to transform Victoria's transport network through allowing hundreds of thousands of additional passengers to use the train network every week.

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