A growing public transport network requires more trains to service it.
The Railcar Program will deliver 102 new railcars (17 six-car sets) needed for METRONET projects and 144 railcars (24 six-car sets) to replace the ageing A-Series trains, which were the first electric trains on the Transperth network. The next generation of railcars, known as the C-Series, 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, giving WA companies a boost in local opportunities.
Procurement for the railcars, as well as a local railcar assembly facility and associated infrastructure is underway.
Bellevue Assembly Facility
Should the preferred supplier (to be awarded in 2019) not have facilities within WA to assemble the new railcars, an assembly and commissioning facility will be built at Bellevue.
Located in an industrial area with easy access to the passenger network, the Bellevue site is an ideal place to assemble and commission the new railcars. Situated at the end of the Midland line, Bellevue has also been previously identified for a future depot to support rail operations across the PTA network.
Bellevue is the preferred site for a proposed assembly and commissioning facility for the new railcars