New Australind Railcar Design Unveiled
Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti unveiled the design of the new Australind railcar at Burnaby station.
New Inter City Fleet exterior, subject to design © NSWConsortium RailConnect has won a contract worth AUD$2.3 billion from the New South Wales Government to provide the new intercity fleet. RailConnect is comprised of UGL Limited, Hyundai Rotem Company and Mitsubishi Electric Australia. The NSW new InterCity fleet will operate between Sydney and the Central Coast, Newcastle, the Blue Mountains and the South Coast.
The trains themselves will be high-capacity, double deck trains featuring an improved passenger experience, and cutting-edge communications technology as well as commuter amenities. RailConnect will develop and manufacture in excess of 500 passenger cars, which will be delivered from 2019 to 2022. The contract also relates to the provision of maintenance and asset management services for the fleet for a period of 15 years, beginning in 2019. There is an option to extend that period by a further five years.
The cars themselves will be developed, built, tested and commissioned by Hyundai Rotem. Mitsubishi Electric Australia will act as technology provider and UGL will take the role of supporting the design process and testing the fleet. UGL’s contract is worth an estimated AUD$570 million, which will principally be from the maintenance and asset management services.
The maintenance works will be carried out at a planned facility in Kangy Angy, between Sydney and Newcastle on the Central Coast of NSW. RailConnect will procure, supply, install, integrate and commission the maintenance facility installation works as well as assist in the design of the maintenance facility construction.
Ross Taylor, UGL CEO, said:
“We are pleased to be a member of this world-class consortium selected by Transport for NSW to deliver and maintain the next generation of passenger trains for the Sydney region.
“Our partners, Hyundai Rotem and Mitsubish Electric Australia, will be responsible for delivery of the fleet from design through to final commissioning and we are delighted to be working with them to provide local support through the design and testing phases of the project.
“The new intercity fleet adds another significant long term maintenance contract to the order book of our rail business and reflects UGL’s position as an industry-leading provider of rail maintenance services to the Australian market.”
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