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Public Transport Authority of Western Australia announced on August 19 that it had selected Alstom Transport Australia as preferred bidder to supply the next generation of electric multiple-units to operate on the Transperth network serving the state capital.
Details of the A$1·6bn contract are expected to be finalised by late 2019. The Momentum West consortium of CAF and UGL, as well as a joint venture of EDI Rail and Bombardier, had also been shortlisted.
New and existing routesAlstom is to supply 41 six-car C-series EMUs to operate on current and future routes of the 1 067 mm gauge suburban rail network serving Perth. The EMUs would have an operational life of 35 years, with Alstom responsible for 30 years of maintenance.
Deliveries of the 17 sets that are required for network expansions being developed as part of the Metronet programme are due to begin in 2021. Planned Metronet projects include the Forrestfield-Airport Link and the Morley-Ellenbrook Line, along with extensions of the Joondalup Line to Yanchep, the Armadale Line to Byford and the Midland Line to Bellevue.
The other 24 trainsets, expected to enter service between 2023 and 2028, are intended to replace the A-series EMUs that have been operating on the Transperth network since the 1990s.
This article first appeared on www.metro-report.com
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