The Western Australian Government has delivered on their 2017 election commitment to return railcar manufacturing to Western Australia with a facility in Bellevue now complete.
Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti opened the manufacturing assembly plant near Midland on 7 June, where the 246 C-series railcars and six new Australind railcars will be built, tested and maintained by Alstom Australia.
The $1.25 billion Alstom contract is the biggest order of railcars in WA’s history and is expected to support hundreds of local jobs.
As part of the contract, Alstom will undertake railcar maintenance at the plant for the next 30 years.
Under the WA Government’s election commitment, 50% of the contract value will be delivered locally.
Previously just under 2% of railcars had local WA components.
A large number of Western Australian businesses have been awarded contracts on the METRONET project.
As a pilot project under the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS), the METRONET Railcar Procurement project is the first strategic project under the Western Australian Jobs Act 2017.
The new locally-built trains are expected to be up and running on the Mandurah and Joondalup lines by late 2022.
Premier Mark McGowan said the Government had delivered on their promise to bring railcar manufacturing back to WA.
"With the opening of the Bellevue METRONET Railcar Facility, we have returned manufacturing to its home in Midland, after the original Midland Railway Workshops were closed by the then Liberal Government in 1994,” he said.
"This milestone marks the completion of the first of my Government's nine current METRONET projects, which are continuing to create thousands of local jobs in Western Australia."