A growing public transport network requires more trains to service it.
The Railcar Program 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 trains on the Transperth network.
The next generation of railcars, known as the C-Series, will create more capacity on the network to cater for boosted passenger numbers anticipated as METRONET projects are completed.
The C-Series will likely be allocated to the Joondalup and Mandurah Lines where trains can travel at higher speeds. That means some B-series trains will move onto the Midland, Fremantle and Armadale and Thornlie lines to improve service capacity and quality on these lines.
A target of 50 per cent local content work for manufacturing these new railcars has been set, giving WA companies a boost in local opportunities.
Procurement for the railcars, as well as a local railcar assembly facility and associated infrastructure is underway. Cont