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New South Wales to Replace Entire Regional Train Fleet

Deputy Premier John Barilaro has announced the replacement of the entire regional train fleet and the construction of a brand new rail maintenance facility in regional New South Wales.

In a big boost for regional jobs, the fleet replacement programme will deliver unprecedented levels of comfort and service for regional rail customers.

NSW Regional Train Fleet
XPT Train Sydney Central © Luke David O’Rourke (license)

New Rail Maintenance Facility

Mr Barilaro said an Expression of Interest will soon be issued for the design, construction and maintenance of the new trains and a new maintenance facility, with Dubbo, a city in the Orana Region of New South Wales, earmarked as the preferred maintenance location.

Mr Barilaro said:

“It gives me great pleasure to announce this entire new regional fleet will be serviced in regional NSW”

“Dubbo has been identified as our preferred location for a brand new maintenance facility to support the new fleet.

Regional Train Fleet Replacement

The procurement programme will not just replace the XPT trains, but the Endeavour and XPLORER trains as well.

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The project will include the use of private financing to facilitate the delivery of the new trains and maintenance facility.

Under the Expression of Interest and subsequent tender process, the NSW Government will seek to deliver innovation, increased customer comfort, and greater energy efficiency for regional customers.

A thorough tender evaluation process will be conducted next year, ahead of the contract being awarded in early 2019.

Modern Rolling Stock

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the modernisation of the entire regional fleet would significantly improve regional public transport.

Not only will 60 XPT passenger cars (plus 19 diesel locomotives) be replaced, but so too will 23 XPLORER and 28 Endeavour passenger cars.

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Mr Constance said:

“Modernising the entire regional fleet allows the opportunity to incorporate benefits that were not available in 1982, when the first XPT rolled onto our tracks”

“When the NSW Government promised to deliver new trains to replace the ageing XPT fleet, we also committed to looking at the feasibility of replacing Endeavour and XPLORER trains.

“The result of those considerations has been a decision to replace all three sets, in favour of more modern rolling stock”

The new trains will be operated by NSW TrainLink, the NSW Government owned regional rail and coach service provider.

Original article © Transport for NSW.

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