Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance today revealed that the NSW Government has ordered 24 Waratah-style trains to help alleviate congestion issues across the state.
The new trains will come as part of the ‘More Trains, More Services’ program which was created to develop and plan rail infrastructure to meet growing demands over the next 5 years.
Current statistics show that by 2021 the amount of patrons using rail services in New South Wales will have grown by up to 21%.
Along with the 24 new eight car trains, several express service projects will be fast tracked along the T1 Western line in order to adequately meet service demands.
General works across New South Wales will see signalling, track and power upgrades to help improve the efficiency and reliability of existing services.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the ‘More Trains, More Services’ program is an important step to address growing demands.
“We’ve seen average train loads rise significantly which is starting to impact on customers’ ability to get on a train in peak periods,” Mr Constance said.
“What we’re seeing in terms of growth is off the charts and we have to act quickly to keep the system running well.”
It is expected that the first of the new trains should be in service by late 2018. The first services will immediately be assigned to the Western Sydney region to help facilitate commute between Parramatta and the Sydney CBD.
Four extra trains will operate along this line during morning and night peak hours, with a new timetable set to be designed in late 2018 to compliment the new services.
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