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They are the trains of tomorrow — fitted out with the latest technology, including USB charging points, LED lighting, and a more efficient braking system.
Announced by the State Government today, the new rail cars will carry 1200 passengers and have wider doors, making it easier and faster for passengers to get on and off.
The trains will be constructed here in Perth, meaning it’s full steam ahead for WA’s rail revival.
French manufacturing company Alstom will run the $1.6 billion build, but 50 per cent of the work must be sourced locally.
An artist’s impression of a C series train.Picture: WA GovernmentAs many as 250 rail cars will be built at a new hub in Bellevue, with six cars on the existing Australind service to be replaced.
It’s the biggest order of rail cars in WA’s history, with the first new trains set to start running on the Joondalup and Mandurah lines in 2022.
Trains have not been built in WA since the Midland Railway Workshops closed 25 years ago.
Construction on the first stage of the Bellevue plant will begin next year and is due to be finished in 2021.
This article first appeared on www.perthnow.com.au
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