The Premier of Western Australia Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti unveiled at Bunbury Station the design of the two new AUD 54 million (USD 36.5 million) Australind diesel trains for South-West rail network, built by Alstom.
The railcar sets, being built by Western Australian workers in Bellevue, are expected to be delivered in 2022-23. Once the contract is finalised, Alstom will also be responsible for maintaining the fleet of rail cars for the next 30 years.
A key part of the Government’s railcar programme, the two new Australind trains, each consisting of a three-car set, will have a modernised interior, with USB connection points, Wi-Fi, an improved kiosk, upright storage for 16 bicycles, and three toilets.
The railcar sets, being built by Western Australian workers in Bellevue, are expected to be delivered in 2022-23.
“The two new Australind trains, each consisting of a three-car set, will be built in Western Australia by Western Australians. The sleek new design will make the journey between Perth and Bunbury more comfortable for residents and tourists alike, encouraging more people to visit our South-West region,”McGowan said.
In August 2019, Alstom was selected for the AUD 1.6 billion (USD 1 billion) project to deliver 246 C-series metropolitan cars and 6 new Australind rail cars. The contract stipulates that up to 50 per cent of the railcars must be manufactured in Western Australia, creating hundreds of new jobs in construction and maintenance.