The first stage of the METRONET Railcar Procurement has begun with a pre-qualification tender to build the new trains released on Monday 23 April 2018.
The project will deliver 102 new railcars (17 six-car sets) needed for METRONET projects and 144 railcars (24 six-car sets) to replace the ageing A-series trains, which were the first electric railcars on the Transperth network. The $1.6b project will also deliver a local railcar assembly facility and associated infrastructure.
The METRONET Railcar Procurement project is both a key aspect of the McGowan Labor Government's Jobs Act and a WA Industry Link pilot project. An important consideration of the project’s tendering process is a commitment to manufacture or assemble 50 per cent of the railcars in Western Australia. Short-listed companies will progress to an interactive tendering process before a final supplier is chosen in 2019.
Delivery of the 17 METRONET trains, known as the C-series, is due to begin in 2021. The remaining 24 trains are expected to be online between 2023 and 2028.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti announced the start of procurement with Premier Mark McGowan at the Public Transport Authority’s Nowergup Depot, in front of the first of the final order of 10 new B-series trains to be delivered for the Forrestfield-Airport Link project
Minister Rita Saffioti stated, “This a great opportunity to deliver the next generation of trains that can provide more capacity, and faster transfers, and tap into our local workforce to deliver WA projects with local skills”.
Read the media statement.
Visit the METRONET website.