The Andrews Labor Government has placed the order for 20 extra E-Class trams, securing hundreds of jobs in Dandenong.

The new trams will be built by local train and tram manufacturer Bombardier, which is currently building 50 E-Class trams ordered by the Brumby Labor Government.

The former Liberal Government did not order a single tram in its four years in office, putting more than 500 jobs at Bombardier and related suppliers at risk.

The Labor Government’s order of 20 extra E-Class trams provides certainty to these workers in Dandenong, and ensures there will be no changes to production levels at Bombardier for the next three years.

The last of the 50 original E-Classes ordered is due to enter service in May 2017, with the first of the next 20 expected on the network in June 2017. All 70 are expected to be in service by late 2018.

The 30th E-Class tram will soon enter service and they will gradually spread across the network as they roll off the production line at Bombardier and into service.