ON DECEMBER 8 Western Australia’s Minister for Planning & Infrastructure Alannah MacTiernan announced in Perth that a consortium of EDI Rail and Bombardier Transportation (Australia) had been selected to supply and maintain 31 three-car EMUs for the South West Metropolitan Railway under construction between Perth and Mandurah.

The A$300m contract is to be signed within the next three months. Construction will start at Maryborough in early 2003 with final deliveries due in 2007. The partners will also design and build two maintenance depots in Perth, and maintain the units for 15 years.

  • Bombardier confirmed on November 22 that it had signed an A$410m contract with the Victoria state government and National Express Group to supply a fleet of 29 two-car diesel multiple-units for country passenger services and maintain them for 15 years. Deliveries are scheduled to run from October 2004 until July 2006, and the deal includes an A$140m option for a further 10 sets. NEG committed to order the 29 units in its 1999 franchise bid, and selected Adtranz as preferred builder in March 2000.