Production of 41 six-car electric trains and 2 three-car diesel trains is plannedphoto: alstom.com / Gudok.ru
French engineering concern Alstom will commission its new train plant in Perth, the capital of Western Australia, on June 7. This was reported in a press release from the company.
Alstom will build 41 six-car electric trains and two three-car diesel trains at the plant for the rail operator Metronet, serving urban and suburban passenger services in Perth. The project also provides for testing, commissioning and maintenance of rolling stock for 20 years.
The fleet of 43 trains will be built with the support of local suppliers, contractors and equipment sellers with 50% localization of production and transfer of modern railway technology. The project will create about 200 new jobs. Alstom will also offer training and professional development programs for personnel training at its facility.
The new C series trains will be more energy efficient. Each six-car train will accommodate about 1.2 thousand passengers.
“In the coming weeks, we will begin ramping up production of these new trains in line with our commitment to providing the latest rolling stock and maintenance technology and developing the next generation of world-class local rail professionals,” said Alstom Managing Director Australia and New Zealand Mark Coxon.
As Gudok.ru reported, Alstom will supply 32 Coradia Continental electric trains to the German operator HLB.