AusRAIL, Market Sectors

Waratah trains miss another delivery deadline

In yet another delay for the Waratah train contract, RailCorp says that more time is needed to address a “limited number of issues” with Downer EDI’s first train set prior to granting Practical Completion

After missing its first deadline, Downer was granted an extension until last Friday. In a statement released the same day, RailCorp chief executive Rob Mason said the inspection and assessment of the first train set was “largely complete” and the majority of outstanding issues were now resolved, however, more time was needed to focus on testing and fine tuning the train’s door systems in addition to other “minor rectification work”.

“RailCorp recognises from past experience that there are no shortcuts when introducing a new train – this is a significant and complex undertaking,” Mason said.

“It is expected that these remaining issues will be satisfactorily completed over the next week.”

Mason said Downer and Reliance Rail – the consortium that is delivering the Waratah trains in which Downer has a 49% stake – &nbsphad been working cooperatively with RailCorp throughout the inspection process.

Following Practical Completion, the Independent Transport Safety Regulator (ITSR) would finalise its consideration of Reliance Rail’s safety and supporting test documentation.

ITSR’s approval is the final step required before RailCorp can operate the new train in passenger service on Sydney’s metropolitan rail network.