First look at Perth’s new C-series trains

A look inside the C-series trains.
A look inside the C-series trains.

THE State Government has released animated footage of their new locally built Metronet C-series railcars.

The contract between the State and Alstom, signed today, will see the return of local train manufacturing to WA.

The new railcars will be built at an assembly facility in Bellevue, with tender submissions for its construction currently being assessed.

The new six-car trains will carry approximately 1200 passengers and have an operational life of 35 years.

One of the features is a combination of seating styles, enabling more seats to fit on each train and making every door on the train fully accessible.

The trains will also have additional and wider doors to make it easier and quicker to get on and off, USB charging points, LED lighting and regenerative braking.

Floors will no longer be carpeted and will instead be covered in hard-wearing, easy to clean flooring.

The first of the C-series trains will be delivered in 2022, in time to service the Yanchep Rail Extension and Thornlie-Cockburn Link.

Since the Midland Railway Workshops were closed in 1994, new trains added to the network were predominately built in Queensland, with only two per cent of the work completed in WA.

Construction on the first stage of the Bellevue plant is expected to start next year and be completed in 2021, creating new jobs.

“This Metronet contract signing marks a significant moment for our State,” Premier Mark McGowan said.

“It marks a turning point for WA jobs and WA apprenticeships, and the return of a local railcar manufacturing industry.

“Metronet trains will be built here in Western Australia, by Western Australians.”