Back on track

Midland Reporter - - News -

Rail man­u­fac­tur­ing is set to re­turn to Mid­land af­ter Belle­vue was an­nounced as the pre­ferred site for the Metronet rail­car man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity.

RAIL man­u­fac­tur­ing will re­turn to Mid­land af­ter the State Govern­ment an­nounced Belle­vue as the pre­ferred site for the Metronet rail­car man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity, which is set to be built next year.

The pro­posed site near the his­toric Mid­land rail­way work­shops will be used to as­sem­ble much of the 246 rail­cars re­quired to ser­vice Metronet projects, as well as re­place age­ing trains in the Transperth net­work, over the next 10 years.

The fa­cil­ity will be colo­cated with the Pub­lic Trans­port Au­thor­ity’s next rail­car de­pot, which is be­ing as­sessed by the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­de­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity.

Swan Mayor David Lu­cas said the an­nounce­ment was a nod to the re­gion’s ex­ten­sive rail his­tory.

“This an­nounce­ment marks the re­turn of rail pro­duc­tion to Mid­land, an area with nearly a cen­tury of in­dus­trial rail­way his­tory,” he said.

“The Mid­land rail­way work­shops ran for nearly 100 years and were vi­tal to the de­vel­op­ment and main­te­nance of the state’s rail sys­tem.

“Now we are see­ing the be­gin­ning of a new era for the in­dus­try, with the prom­ise of a pur­pose-built fa­cil­ity just one kilo­me­tre away from the his­toric work­shops precinct.

“This fa­cil­ity will bring jobs and op­por­tu­ni­ties for our lo­cal com­mu­nity and help en­hance Mid­land as a key strate­gic met­ro­pol­i­tan cen­tre for WA.”

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said it was an ex­cit­ing time for the re­gion.

“The Mid­land area is en­ter­ing a new era,” she said.

“Projects like the Belle­vue rail ex­ten­sion, new Mid­land sta­tion, re­de­vel­op­ment of the his­toric work­shops and now the re­turn of rail pro­duc­tion to the area are all start­ing to gain mo­men­tum.”

Above: Rita Saf­fi­oti, Mark Mc­Gowan and Michelle Roberts. Right: The old Mid­land Rail­way work­shops.

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