Deputy Premier John Barilaro announced today the replacement of the entire regional train fleet and the construction of a brand new rail maintenance facility in regional NSW.
An Expression of Interest has been issued for the design, construction and maintenance of the new trains and a new maintenance facility, with Dubbo earmarked as the preferred maintenance location. It is currently open and available at Australian Tenders or by contacting the tender department of the NSW Government.
“It gives me great pleasure to announce this entire new regional fleet will be serviced in regional NSW,” Mr Barilaro said. “Dubbo has been identified as our preferred location for a brand new maintenance facility to support the new fleet. This will be a game-changer for the people of regional NSW, delivering more convenient timetabling and reduced congestion for regional and rural passengers."
The procurement program will not just replace the XPT trains, but the Endeavour and XPLORER trains as well. The project will include the use of private financing to facilitate the delivery of the new trains and maintenance facility.
Under the Expression of Interest and subsequent tender process, the NSW Government will seek to deliver innovation, increased customer comfort, and greater energy efficiency for regional customers.
A thorough tender evaluation process will be conducted next year, ahead of the contract being awarded in early 2019.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the modernisation of the entire regional fleet would significantly improve regional public transport. Not only will 60 XPT passenger cars (plus 19 diesel locomotives) be replaced, but so too will 23 XPLORER and 28 Endeavour passenger cars.
“Modernising the entire regional fleet allows the opportunity to incorporate benefits that were not available in 1982, when the first XPT rolled onto our tracks,” Mr Constance said.
Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said the construction of a brand new rail maintenance facility would be a massive boost for the Dubbo region.
“Today’s announcement is pivotal in turning Dubbo into a regional economic powerhouse and will provide better services, not only for Dubbo locals, but for visitors from far and wide,” he said.
The new trains will be operated by NSW TrainLink, the NSW Government owned regional rail and coach service provider.
Work will commence in the coming weeks towards obtaining the necessary Planning Approvals for this new facility and it is hoped that the new facility will be built ahead of the new trains expected in the early 2020’s.
This new fleet will be maintained at a new facility to be built in regional NSW. The preferred location is Government owned land in Dubbo accessed off White Street.
The new maintenance facility will be designed and constructed as part of this project. Work will start in the coming months to obtain the necessary Planning Approvals for this facility. TfNSW will define the location (at Request for Proposal stage), procure the land and be responsible for planning approvals.