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Melbourne's trains are getting a $660 million upgrade to combat overcrowding

The ever-crowded Cranbourne-Pakenham line will score a $660 million upgrade to reduce overcrowding on one of Melbourne's busiest train lines.  

Longer platforms will be rolled out across 18 stations on the train line to cater for 65 new High-Capacity Metro Trains (HCMTs).  
 
The new trains will be 20 percent longer than the existing fleet, capable of transporting hundreds of new passengers with each trip. 
 
The order of 65 new trains amounts to the largest single order of trains in Victoria's history. 
 
“We’re building Melbourne’s first high capacity train line and creating thousands of new construction jobs," said Premier Daniel Andrews. 
 
“Bigger trains, better stations, and no level crossings will get tens of thousands of people in Melbourne’s south east home safer and sooner every day.” 

The first HCMT will be delivered and in testing by late next year, ready to enter service in 2019.