Alstom commenced operations on 7 June at METRONET’s brand-new train manufacturing facility in Perth, marking a watershed moment for rail manufacturing in Western Australia, effectively restarting the industry in the state.

The project will create around 200 jobs including apprentices and aboriginal workers to manufacture, test, commission and maintain 41 six-car electric (EMU) and two three-car diesel (DMU) trains, which includes 20 years maintenance of the EMU trains and maintenance support services for the DMU trains. The fleet of 43 trains will be built with the support of a thriving ecosystem of local suppliers, contractors and equipment vendors. Alstom has committed to 50% local content for the vehicles, bringing additional flow on benefits beyond the delivery of the trains to the WA economy.

The new facility was opened in a ceremony attended by WA’s Premier Mark McGowan and Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti.

“Alstom is delighted to begin operating METRONET’s brand-new train manufacturing facility in Bellevue, revitalising the rail industry in WA,” said Mark Coxon, Managing Director for Alstom in Australia & New Zealand. “Over the coming weeks we will begin ramping up the production of these new trains in line with our commitment to deliver the latest rolling stock and maintenance technologies and develop the next generation of local, world-class railway manufacturing professionals.”

The project will see the transfer of the latest railway technologies and manufacturing processes to WA, establishing one of the most technologically advanced train manufacturing and maintenance sites in Australia. Alstom will provide fast-tracked training and skills development programmes through dedicated partnerships with local TAFE and training organisations, creating a new generation of skilled railway manufacturing professionals.

The new C-Series trains will be more energy efficient and designed to accommodate future upgrades. Each train will have a capacity of approximately 1,200 passengers and include three double passenger doors per car for enhanced passenger flows. The new trains will be maintained at PTA’s Nowergup depot and will utilise Alstom’s innovative HealthHub predictive maintenance tools that will optimise the performance and reliability of the trains throughout their lifecycle.