Local contractor gets construction underway for Bellevue railcar facility

Left to right: Premier Mark McGowan, Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti and Minister for Road Safety Michelle Roberts. Image courtesy of METRONET.

Construction has now begun on the Bellevue railcar facility in Western Australia. The first locally made railcars in almost three decades will be assembled and maintained at the facility.

A Western Australian company FIRM Construction was awarded the $46 million contract to build the multi-functional assembly and maintenance facility. It will also be a secondary high voltage testing building.

The Bellevue railcar facility be a 180 metre long building with a railcar assembly area, offices, workshops and storage areas. It will also be home to two overhead cranes, able to lift 25 tonnes each and a heavy maintenance railroad crane with a capability of lifting 10 tonnes.

Over the next decade, Alstom will deliver 246 new-generation C-series railcars to be maintained in the Bellevue facility. 102 will be for METRONET projects and the other 144 will replace the ageing A-series railcars, as well as six diesel railcars to replace the Australind.

The design and features of the railcars are still to be confirmed but Alstom have been set a target of 50 per cent local content.

Stage one of the Bellevue facility is expected to be complete in 2020. The first C-series railcars are expected to begin services in 2022.

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