- Fulfilling election commitment to replace ageing Australind train
- Three South-West stations to be upgraded to meet disability access standards
- Government to conduct service review of scheduling and run times
- Economic infrastructure will create jobs
Rail to Bunbury will receive a $32 million funding injection as part of the State Budget, fulfilling an important McGowan Labor Government election promise to the South-West.
The funding is the first stage of the State Government's Rail Future Fund to revamp the Perth-Australind train service.
The ageing Australind train will be replaced with modern rolling stock.
The new railcars will provide a comfortable, modern passenger environment with features such as an on-board buffet, upgraded seating, Wi-Fi and USB charging points.
The new trains will likely be procured as part of the METRONET railcar acquisition program, which will deliver 102 railcars for Stage One projects.
The funding will also provide upgrades for the Yarloop, Cookernup and North Dandalup stations to make them compliant with modern Disability Discrimination Act standards.
The Public Transport Authority is already working with Arc Infrastructure - formerly Brookfield Rail - on the Yarloop upgrade.
Transwa will also carry out a service review of existing Australind run times for the service to see if journey times can be improved.
For more 2017-18 State Budget information, visit http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"The existing Australind train was introduced into service in 1987 and was expected to have a life expectancy of 30 years.
"By improving the rail connection between the South-West and Perth, we hope to also enhance tourism opportunities.
"An upgraded service will make it easier for people who may not wish to hire a car and drive long distances on unfamiliar roads to access Bunbury and the South-West.
"Procuring the new Australind rolling stock as part of the METRONET railcar acquisition program will create efficiencies from a production and delivery timeframe point of view."
Minister's office - 6552 5500