UGL delivers Oscars under budget and ahead of schedule
UGL has delivered the last of the Stage Three passenger cars of the Outer Suburban Railcar (Oscar) project to New South Wales passenger operator RailCorp under budget and ahead of practical completion.
UGL has previously delivered 122 Oscar cars, valued at approximately $450m onto the NSW CityRail network as part of Stages One and Two of the Oscar project.
Stage Three of the project commenced in March 2009, delivering an additional 74 cars (including an extension of 2 cars to the original 72 car order), valued at approximately $320m onto the network.
UGL delivered the last Oscar 3 set to RailCorp on May 28, 16 days ahead of the contractual practical completion date. Not only have all Stage 3 cars achieved practical completion ahead of schedule, the project has also been delivered under budget. The overall project performance and excellent product quality has brought down the build and delivery cost, resulting in returned savings to RailCorp.
The construction of new Oscar cars has also provided a boost for manufacturing in NSW, supporting over 200 jobs in the Newcastle area, over 50 jobs in the Taree area and many others jobs with local subcontractors and suppliers.
UGL has been partnering with RailCorp for more than 50 years; the on-time, below budget delivery of the Oscar 3 project marks another important milestone in what the company says has been a successful long term partnership and a testament to the strength of the partnership.
While the cars will largely service Sydney’s outer suburban rail network, the Oscars’ high levels of reliability and adaptability has resulted in their wider use on the inner suburban rail network as well. UGL is currently building and delivering an additional 25 cars under Stage 3A, which is an extension to Stage 3 of the Oscar project. UGL is forecasting to deliver the last car of Stage 3A before the contractual practical completion date of 5 March 2013, again ahead of schedule and under budget
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