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28 August 2018

Rail manufacturing to return to Midland area

  • Midland

Bellevue has been announced as the preferred site for the new METRONET railcar manufacturing facility.

The proposed 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.

Located just one kilometre from the historic Midland Workshops, which for nearly a century provided hundreds of railway jobs for workers and apprentices, the new production facility site in Bellevue will bring more employment opportunities to the area.

Premier Mark McGowan said the $1.6billion project would help to revitalise WA’s manufacturing industry.

“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,” he said.

Minister Rita Saffioti said this project as well as the Bellevue rail extension, new Midland Station and redevelopment of the historic workshops was part of a new era for the Midland area.

“The Midland-Bellevue area will be involved in the production of new trains and their ongoing maintenance works, creating substantial local jobs for local people and supporting our ongoing expansion of our vital passenger rail network,” she said.

“This Government’s investment in the area will ensure Midland and Bellevue serve as important commercial centres and transit centres for the wider Swan and Hills areas.”

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.

MRA is currently considering a development application for the depot facility on the same site with approval expected in the coming weeks.

The first stage of the project involves the delivery, in 2021, of 102 new railcars (17 six-car sets) to service the new METRONET projects as they come online.

A follow-on order for 144 railcars (24 six-car sets), to replace the ageing A-series railcars, will also be included in the tender and are expected to be delivered between 2023 and 2028.

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