Western Australia’s (WA) Public Transport Authority (PTA) has ordered another ten B Series three-car electric multiple unit (EMU) trains from EDI Rail Bombardier Transportation.
EDI Rail Bombardier Transportation is a joint venture (JV) between Bombardier Transportation and Downer EDI. Under the A$511m ($384m) contract, this JV will manufacture the EMUs at its Downer’s facility in Maryborough, Queensland.
The electrical pre-assembly work will feature Bombardier Mitrac Energy Saver propulsion and will be carried out at a manufacturing facility in Victoria.
Bombardier Transportation’s Australia managing director Rene Lalande said: "In addition to increasing capacity on Perth’s commuter network, these trains provide a comfortable and sustainable mobility solution for the city’s growing community.
"Bombardier will also apply its asset management expertise to optimise the total performance of PTA’s commuter fleets, boosting reliability and availability for the train operator and its passengers."
The new trains will meet rising public demand for commuter rail services and support the Forrestfield Airport line extension, which is expected to open in 2020. The first train is due to be delivered in 2019.
Bombardier’s share of the contract is valued at A$61m ($46m) and also includes maintenance for PTA’s A and B series train fleet until 2026.
Bombardier has delivered 1,180 EMUs of various designs across Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
Image: Bombardier’s B Series electric multiple unit in Perth. Photo: © Bombardier.