The METRONET Railcar Program has announced two new milestones: the location of the new railcar manufacturing facility and the shortlisted C-series railcar suppliers.
Bellevue has been selected as the preferred site for the new METRONET railcar manufacturing facility. The facility will be used to assemble the 102 new METRONET railcars (17 six-car sets) and an additional 144 railcars (24 six-car sets) to replace the ageing A-series trains.
The new manufacturing facility is set to bring more employment opportunities to the area with Transport Minister Rita Saffiotti commenting, “The Midland-Bellevue area will be involved in the production of new trains and their ongoing maintenance works, creating sustainable local jobs for local people.”
Approval for the facility is expected in the coming month from the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, with construction to start in 2019.
Meanwhile, three consortiums have been short-listed to participate in a tender for the supply of the new C-series railcars.
The consortiums are:
- Alstom Transport Australia Pty Ltd
- Momentum West
- EDI Rail - Bombardier Transportation Pty Ltd
The successful supplier will be selected in early 2019. An important consideration of the selection process will be the company’s ability and commitment to manufacture or assemble 50 per cent of the railcars in Western Australia. Premier Mark McGowan commented that "The key target of 50 per cent will help revitalise WA's manufacturing industry and put WA jobs first.”