$1.6b railcar manufacturing facility to be built in Bellevue

The proposed facility will be at Bellevue. Source: Wikipedia

Western Australian government has announced Bellevue, in eastern Perth, as the preferred site for the new $1.6 billion Metronet railcar manufacturing facility, returning manufacturing to the Midland area.

The proposed manufacturing facility will also be co-located with the Public Transport Authority’s next railcar depot, where Transperth will carry out maintenance of the broader train fleet.

Over the next decade, the facility will be used to assemble much of the extra 246 railcars required to service Metronet projects and replace ageing trains on the Transperth network.

Three consortia have  been shortlisted to participate in a tender for the supply of the new trains, including Alstom Transport Australia, Momentum West and EDI Rail – Bombardier Transportation.

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan said a supplier will be selected in early 2019 and a key consideration will be their ability and commitment to manufacture or assemble at least 50 per cent of railcars locally.

“It’s exciting we are in a position to bring trains well and truly back into the Midland precinct at a new purpose-built facility in Bellevue,” McGowan said.

“Metronet is not only a world-class public transport system, but will create new opportunities for local workers,” he said.

The first stage of the project involves the delivery of 102 new railcars in 2021 to service the new Metronet projects as they come online.

The tender will also include a follow-on order for 144 railcars to replace the ageing A-series railcars, with delivery expected to occur between 2023 and 2028.