The first of Sydney’s new Waratah Series 2 trains, delivered by Downer EDI-led Reliance Rail consortium, has now entered service on the network following the completion of testing.
Constructed in China by CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles, all of the new trains are expected to be delivered, and in service, by early next year – part of the state’s $1.5 billion More Trains, More Services program.
The Chief Executive Officer of Downer, Grant Fenn, said the Waratah Series 2 trains further improved the passenger experience with their superior design and technology.
“Downer is continuing to work with Transport for NSW, our delivery partners and suppliers to provide safe, reliable and comfortable world-class transport solutions for the people of New South Wales,” Fenn said.
“Importantly, we have built on the success of the original Waratah train fleet to deliver Sydney’s newest trains in record-time. We understand the transport challenges in New South Wales and the need to increase capacity as quickly as possible with improved passenger comfort and the highest standards of safety.”
Features of the new trains include improved air conditioning systems with advanced temperature control; over 90 internal and external CCTV cameras; high definition passenger information screens; wheelchair spaces, priority seating and hearing aid loops; and improved interior LED lighting.
As the trains are progressively rolled out, priority will be given to services on the T2 Inner West & Leppington Line, the T3 Bankstown Line, and the T8 Airport & South Line.
Earlier this month, Downer officially opened its rail workshop at Cardiff, west of Newcastle, after a $38 million upgrade. The facility has undergone a major refurbishment, highlighted by the installation of a purpose-built, eight-car train lift and bogie exchange workshop, which will enable the maintenance of the Waratah fleet with minimal downtime.