After 27 years, railcar manufacturing has returned to Western Australia at the purpose-built Bellevue Railcar Manufacturing and Assembly Facility, operated by Alstom Australia.
The WA Railcar Program will deliver 246 new C-series railcars to service new METRONET projects, replacing the ageing A-series trains, and six new diesel railcars to replace the existing Australind service between Perth and Bunbury.
In a first for public transport in Perth, railcars can now undertake their extensive testing regime right here in WA. Previous B-series railcars were manufactured and tested in Queensland and deployed directly onto our network.
In June 2021 the Manufacturing and Assembly facility was completed to allow the first railcar to be built. With the additional completion of the High Voltage Testing Facility, all testing and commissioning can now occur in WA instead of using interstate and overseas suppliers.
The Facility is set to be expanded further with a new diesel maintenance facility, B-series maintenance facility, bogie and railcar wash facilities and railcar wheel lathe meaning manufacturing and maintaining railcars can continue in WA for years to come.
For the Depot to operate efficiently, the level crossing at Robinson Road is required to close as part of the project.
Read more about the Program on the fact sheet.