Local company wins $4million train seating contract
Local passenger seating company Beurteaux Australia has won a contract worth more than $4million to design and manufacture the seating for the New MetroRail project's 93 new rail cars.
Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the Henderson-based manufacturer had shown it was up to the challenge of providing seating that was comfortable and attractive as well as highly vandal-resistant.
"Over the past 10 years, Beurteaux has developed sophisticated technology to make it one of the world's leaders in the supply of passenger seating for the marine industry," Ms MacTiernan said.
"It has supplied products to more than 400 vessels operating around the world.
"Beurteaux's successful expansion into rail seating started with the supply of seats for the new Prospector train.
"Its success continues with this contract for the supply of 7,500 seats over the next two years for the 31 three-car sets."
The Minister said the company had used new and diverse approaches to result in vandal and fire resistant seating that did not compromise comfort or styling.
"The seats will feature ergonomically moulded light-weight aluminium frames, cushioning and a specially designed panel," she said.
"They will be covered in the same bright, attractive material that will be used to replace seat covers on our existing trains.
"As well as this, the contract means that the company will be able to employ about 25 extra employees, bringing its total workforce to more than 100 people."
Ms MacTiernan said the seating for the first three-car set would be sent to the EDI Rail-Bombardier facility in Maryborough, QLD, where the new trains are being manufactured.
This would enable EDI Rail-Bombardier to test a three-car set as a fully completed unit.
The remainder of the seating will be progressively installed in the remaining car sets as they arrive in Perth.
The first five three-car sets are scheduled to arrive in Perth early next year before starting services on the Northern Suburbs Railway extension to Clarkson in late 2004.
The final group of railcars will have arrived by September, 2006 in time to start services to Rockingham and Waikiki by December, 2006 and Mandurah in 2007.
Further information on the New MetroRail project is available at http://www.newmetrorail.wa.gov.au or by calling 1800 110 075 (freecall).