- The second of Transperth’s new trains started on the network today
Latest addition is part of a $243million investment in 22 new three-car rail sets
New trains represent a 28 per cent increase in the size of Transperth’s railcar fleet, from 234 to 300
A new three-car B-series train began carrying passengers on the Joondalup and Mandurah lines today.
Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the new train was the second of a 22-train, $243million commitment to increase capacity on the urban network.
“The new train will boost capacity on the Joondalup and Mandurah lines during the busiest part of the day by about 600 more passengers,” Mr Buswell said.
“Over the next six months, as more new railcars come on to the network, passengers will see a notable improvement in capacity, particularly during peak periods.”
The first of the new trains arrived in Perth in August last year and went into service in December.
The Minister said more new trains would continue to come on to the network every two or three months for the next three years.
The purpose-built train travelled from Maryborough in Queensland and has been subject to rigorous testing and final works to prepare it for its debut.
Mr Buswell said each of the B-series railcars could carry about 600 passengers and would gradually replace the existing A-series (400 capacity) railcars on the Mandurah-Joondalup lines.
“While the benefit of the new railcars will initially be felt by passengers on the Joondalup and Mandurah lines, all A-series trains previously required on those lines will eventually be moved to the Armadale, Midland and Fremantle lines, so commuters will benefit from this investment across the whole network,” he said.
Passengers made almost 150 million journeys on Transperth services last year, with 65.7 million by train
B-series trains have a capacity of 600 passengers
First new railcar set was put on the network in December
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