West Australian businesses have received funding to prepare to locally deliver rollingstock for the state’s Metronet project.
Eight businesses have won funding as part of the Local Capability Fund (LCF) under the Metronet Railcar Procurement round.
Businesses which have received up to $20,000 include refurbishment services provider Frontline Rail, the WA branch of rail transport maintenance and engineering business Chess Engineering, as well as specialist engineering and service providers.
The funding can be used by the businesses for capacity-building, planning, improvements to internal infrastructure, equipment, training, and certifications.
Applications for the fund remain open until January 31, or until funds are exhausted.
Under the contract to deliver new rollingstock for the Metronet project, rail car manufacturer Alstom will utilise local businesses for 50 per cent of the contract.
When complete, Alstom will produce 246 new C-series railcars and six diesel railcars. The railcars will be built in WA at the new Bellevue Assembly Facility.