The WA Railcar Program will deliver 246 new C-series railcars to service new METRONET projects and to replace the ageing A-series trains, and six new diesel railcars to replace the existing Australind service between Perth and Bunbury.
The Railcar Program was identified as a Strategic Project under the WA Jobs Act 2017, which has additional requirements for local job creation. World-class railcar manufacturer Alstom Transport Australia confirmed it will reach the 50 per cent local content target for the manufacturing of the new trains, bolstering our local manufacturing industry and maximising WA jobs.
Several contracts have been awarded to local companies as part of the project. These include:
- Aerison: Providing cab structures, fuel tanks and battery boxes for the C-series
- Austbreck: Supplying pantographs
- Eilbeck: Supply of four cranes, the biggest of which will lift 25 tonnes
- FIRM Construction: Construction of the Railcar Manufacturing and Assembly Facility in Bellevue
- Hoffman Engineering: Manufacturing of the bogie frames
- Knorr-Bremse: Supplying air-conditioning, air supply equipment and brake components
- McConnell: Establishing a dedicated facility in WA to supply seating
- Pyrotek: Providing insulation and floor panels
- Vector Lifting: Supply of lifting jacks, a bogie press and bogie turntables
- Vossloh: Manufacture and supply of turnouts for the Bellevue site
The first of the new trains will be delivered in 2022 and will be built, tested and maintained for decades to come at the purpose-built Bellevue Railcar Manufacturing and Assembly Facility.
Located in an industrial area with easy access to the passenger network, Bellevue is ideal to manufacture and assemble railcars. Bellevue has also been identified as a future depot to support rail operations across the PTA network.
For the Depot to operate efficiently, the level crossing at Robinson Road is required to close as part of the project. Read more on the Robinson Road level crossing fact sheet.