THE NSW Government last week said the replacement of the entire regional rail fleet has hit another milestone, with three shortlisted applicants chosen to put their best plans forward to deliver the new fleet and maintenance facility.
The three successful applicants are the Downer-led Regional Futures, Bombardier Consortium and Momentum Trains, led by CAF.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the replacement of the regional fleet would deliver huge benefits for public transport customers across the state.
"We are looking for high-quality, innovative and value for money proposals from the three applicants. They will be asked to provide details of how they will deliver trains that provide improved comfort, safety and reliability for regional customers," Mr Constance said.
"This program gives us the opportunity to incorporate modern benefits for those travelling long distances as we replace trains which are up to 35 years old."
Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the program would replace the ageing XPT, Endeavour and XPLORER trains, and the NSW Government identified Dubbo as the preferred location to build a maintenance facility.
"I am glad to see this project progressing well, and it means we are getting closer to rural and regional NSW getting a much deserved improvement to transport," Mr Barilaro said.
"This project has the capacity to bring long term, sustainable jobs – including traineeships and apprenticeships to the Orana region. We want to make sure that services that deliver for country areas are supported by local jobs."
Transport for NSW aims to award a contract for the new fleet in 2019, with the first trains anticipated to be on the tracks in the early 2020s. The new trains will be operated by NSW TrainLink, the NSW Government owned regional rail and coach service provider.