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WA-made C-Series trains ready for METRONET testing

METRONET C-SERIES TESTing

The first fully completed C-series train manufactured in Western Australia – via the METRONET WA Railcar Program – is ready for testing on the network.

The design for the C-series has been revealed for the first time, with the new 143-metre train also fitted out with about 400 seats.

The fully completed railcar set will enter operations later this year on the Joondalup and Mandurah lines.

Two C-series train sets are already undergoing detailed diagnostic testing on the network but still require seating and handrails to be installed for METRONET use, as well as the external design applied.

More than 15 Western Australian businesses are working with Alstom to provide components for the railcars, and when the first new C-series train enters operation later this year, it will be the first locally manufactured and built train to join the rail network in more than 30 years.

The WA Railcar Program will see 246 new C-series railcars and six new Australind railcars built, while more than 130 workers will be directly employed at the METRONET Bellevue Railcar Manufacturing and Maintenance Facility.

The new C-series trains will help meet growing rail network demand in the future with a significant expansion underway through METRONET.

 

A meeting of the transport MPs at Bellevue: Federal minister Catherine King (left), WA minister Rita Saffioti, Queensland minister Mark Bailey, and NSW minister Jo Haylen.

 

The new WA leadership team at the Bellevue launch: Deputy Premier and transport minister Rita Saffioti, and Premier Roger Cook.