Downer EDI has been awarded the contract to carry out modifications to Sydney’s suburban and intercity network to make way for the new intercity train fleet in 2019.
To enable the trains to operate on existing networks, modifications will be undertaken by Downer EDI to stations and signalling systems, with works to include platform extensions, overhead wiring adjustments and train location technology.
“Work will get underway early next year and where possible it will be completed as part of the existing rail maintenance schedule and track work weekends so we can minimise the impact on our customers,” a Transport for NSW spokesperson said.
The new trains will carry passengers between Sydney and the Central Coast, Newcastle, the Blue Mountains and the South Coast. Dubbed “state-of-the-art” by Transport for NSW, they will reportedly feature improved on-board technology, including CCTV cameras, customer help point alarms and fire detection, as well as providing customers the ability to charge their mobile phones.
Two-by-two seating, tray tables, cup holders, digital screens, air conditioning, accessible toilets and dedicated space for luggage, prams, bicycles and wheelchairs are among other features of the carriages, over 500 of which are to be constructed by RailConnect NSW, an unincorporated joint venture between Hyundai Rotem Company, UGL Limited and Mitsubishi Electric Australia.
A train maintenance facility designed specifically for the trains is to be built at Kangy Angy on the Central Coast by John Holland Rail, which was recently awarded the contract.
The first trains will be delivered in 2019, with the rest of the fleet being subsequently rolled-out progressively through to 2022.