Media Statements | 19 August 2019

Applications opened today for 60 new Transperth railcar drivers - who will be among the first to drive trains on the METRONET Forrestfield-Airport Link.

  • New round of recruitment for Transperth railcar drivers opens today
  • 60 new drivers sought to cater for natural attrition and METRONET network expansion
  • New recruits to be among the first to drive on the Forrestfield-Airport Link, due to open in late 2021
  • Key METRONET projects including the Ellenbrook-Morley Line on track 

Recruitment for railcar drivers is so competitive it is only conducted bi-annually, with four classes of 15 drivers each to be run over the two years.

Transperth drivers are some of the most highly-trained in the country.

Drivers must successfully complete a 25-week paid training period (including sessions in a custom-built train simulator at Claisebrook), as well as on-the-job training as a trainee railcar driver, to obtain their Certificate IV in Train Driving.

Training includes 11 weeks in the classroom learning all the theory behind driving railcars - including electrical safety, customer service, signalling and communications - before completing at least 14 weeks of on-the-job training in the railcar with a driver trainer.

Applicants come from all walks of life and do not need a background in rail with training provided by the Public Transport Authority.

Applications close at 9am on August 30, for more information visit

The McGowan Government's METRONET is on track, with the recent announcement of the route alignment for the much anticipated Morley-Ellenbrook line.

The Yanchep line extension and Cockburn-Thornlie link are also pressing ahead at full steam, with construction ­set to start late in 2019.


Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

"There are plenty of us who would have held childhood dreams of driving a train – and with applications now open for the next round of Transperth train drivers - now could be the time to turn these dreams into reality.

"Once their training is complete, these drivers will literally take front seat in witnessing the Transperth network - METRONET transformation - being among the first to drive on the Forrestfield-Airport Link.

"Other METRONET projects are tracking ahead at full steam, with the recent announcement of the route for the Morley-Ellenbrook line and confirmation that construction on the project will start in late 2019 with upgrades to Bayswater Station. 

"The Yanchep rail extension and Thornlie-Cockburn Line are also on track, with works expected to get underway later this year.

"It's an exciting time to be involved in Perth's public transport network and a unique opportunity to see the growth and expansion of our rail lines first hand." 


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