A growing public transport network requires more trains to service it.
The Government has allocated $322 million between 2017-18 and 2020-21 to buy 102 new trains (17 six-car sets) for the existing Transperth fleet.
The next generation of railcars will create more capacity on the network to cater for boosted passenger numbers anticipated as METRONET projects are completed.
The C-Series will likely be allocated to the Joondalup and Mandurah Lines where trains can travel at higher speeds. That means some B-series trains will move onto the Midland, Fremantle and Armadale and Thornlie lines to improve service capacity and quality on these lines.
A target of 50 per cent local content work for manufacturing these new railcars has been set.
International and local industry engagement is underway to understand what skills, products and services currently exist within WA, which may be available to support the manufacture and maintenance of a new design of railcars.