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Bellevue train depot opens

PREMIER Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti officially opened the Bellevue Metronet Railcar Facility on Monday.

246 Metronet railcars and six new Australind railcars will be built, tested and maintained at the Elgee Road facility.

The facility is expected to create more than 200 long-term jobs.

The finished building used 8500 tonnes of locally fabricated steel.

It is the first time trains will be built in the area since the Midland Railway Workshops were closed in 1994.

The State Government said at least 50 per cent of the contract value will be delivered by WA and Australian suppliers.

Successful suppliers and contractors include Australian company McConnell to make railcar passenger seats, Forrestfield-based company Aerison to make cab structures, battery boxes and fuel tanks, Austbreck will supply pantographs from its Kewdale facility, piping from Parker Hannifin’s Welshpool facility and metallic components from Unique Metal in Wangara.

The facility has now been handed over to operator Alstom.

Work on the new trains will commence later this year, with the first locally made train anticipated to roll onto the tracks in late 2022.

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