The Western Australian government is planning to integrate local rail car manufacturing into its ambitious plans to expand Perth’s suburban rail network.
The government , which has just taken delivery of the last of 78 Queensland-made B-series rail car sets, plans to let an order in 2019 for new Metronet trains.
The final three-car B-series set, made in Maryborough by a joint venture of Bombardier and Downer, was inspected by WA’s minister of transport, Rita Saffioti.
She said: “Since 2004, 78 three-car B-series have been brought online, at a cost of more than $760 million.
“The last B-series train is planned to go into service on the Joondalup and Mandurah lines next week, once its final commissioning is complete.”
Saffioti confirmed planning was underway for a $1.6 billion project to produce C-series Metronet trains in a new Perth facility.
The government is aiming for 50 per cent local content, with delivery due to begin in 2021.
The six-car sets will have a capacity for 1,200 and feature wider doors, LED lighting and regenerative braking.
“By placing the order for all the railcars at once, the Government expects to achieve a lower unit cost and encourage better development of local industry and securing the local manufacturing workforce for longer.”
Three groups are shortlisted for the contract – Alstom, CAF/UGL and Downer/Bombardier.
Construction is currently underway on the Perth network of the Yanchep Rail Extension and the Thornlie-Cockburn Link.
Picture: Transperth/B-series rail car
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