Wednesday, 07 December 2016
NEW FLEET TO DELIVER JOBS BOOST FOR REGIONAL NSW
Member for Goulburn Pru Goward welcomed the NSW Government’s decision to re-invest $300 million in savings from an order for new trains for the Sydney train network into the new country fleet.
The contract for the new XPT fleet will also set a target for 100 per cent assembly in NSW, with a preference towards regional NSW, meaning more jobs for regional areas.
The target means that tenderers for the new fleet will be actively competing to offer the best possible deal for regional NSW. This will include assembling significant components in the regions, as well as stabling and maintaining the trains in regional NSW.
Earlier this year, the NSW Government announced that it would commit a further $50 million to speed up the delivery of new XPT trains, which would see the procurement process kicking off in the first half of next year- two years earlier than promised.
“It’s fantastic that a faster, modern, comfortable train fleet is on the way for rail passengers in the bush but it’s even better that there’s been a commitment to assemble large parts of these new trains in the areas where they will be used,” Ms Goward said.
“NSW is the best performing economy in the country but we know much of the activity is happening in Sydney. We need to make sure that people in regional areas are reaping the economic benefits too.
“Rail passengers in the bush deserve modern, comfortable trains that require less maintenance and are more reliable,” Ms Goward said.
“Boosting jobs and skills in regional NSW is a huge priority for the NSW Government and this is another example of our commitment to the cause,” Ms Goward said.
The new fleet will replace the 60 XPT passenger cars currently operating on the NSW TrainLink network, taking customers between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Dubbo, and going through regional towns including Bathurst, Orange, Taree, Coffs Harbour, Grafton, Casino, Goulburn and Albury.
Opportunities to replace more than 50 XPLORER and Endeavour trains that serve other key regional destinations like Armidale, Moree, Griffith, Broken Hill, Canberra, the Hunter and South Coast (between Kiama and Bomaderry), will also be investigated as part of the work.
It is expected that the new XPT trains will be on the tracks by the early 2020s.